Families of IRA men among those awarded compensation after inquest delays

The bullet-ridden and burnt out car in which three IRA men were shot dead by the SAS in Coagh in 1991.

The bullet-ridden and burnt out car in which three IRA men were shot dead by the SAS in Coagh in 1991.

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The families of six men killed by either police, soldiers or loyalist paramilitaries are to be awarded £7,500 each in damages for unlawful delays in holding inquests, a High Court judge ruled on Tuesday.

Mr Justice Stephens held that compensation was necessary for the frustration, distress and anxiety suffered by the next of kin.

Belfast High Court Building
Belfast High Court Building

His landmark verdict could now open the floodgates for scores of other claims involving so-called legacy cases.

 

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