Victims and survivors at conference resolve: this must not happen again

Errol McDowell and Peter Heathwood of the Victims Forum, and Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire pictured with Victims Commissioner Kathryn Stone.

Errol McDowell and Peter Heathwood of the Victims Forum, and Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire pictured with Victims Commissioner Kathryn Stone.

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Tales of bloodshed and tragedy were heard at the opening of a huge Troubles conference yesterday.

The gathering of up to 250 survivors, relatives and sundry campaign groups met at the Stormont Hotel for what was billed as a consultation exercise over a major new report being drawn up by the NI Victims’ Commissioner.

Much like the Haass proposals it will describe how best to deal with the Troubles legacy, but from the point of view of those directly affected by the violence, and among the things it is expected to contain is a proposal for reparations.

 

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