The Republic of Ireland harboured terrorists so let them fund the victims’ pensions
Our government and the Northern Ireland Office should not be allowed to shirk from their responsibility over the pensions for victims of terrorism.
Most of the slaughter by PIRA and loyalist thugs took place during direct rule, including a period when the NIO preferred to cave into PSF/PIRA demands, rather than standing up to republicans.
To compound this the Republic of Ireland (RoI) not only sheltered IRA terrorists over many years, they allowed their territory to be used to launch attacks from and return safely to.
They also allowed their jurisdiction to be used to store semtex and guns.
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To this day they are sheltering many republican terrorists.
It is patently clear that the Republic was a covert abettor in the terror campaign and as such should be liable for funding a major portion of pensions for its victims.
In short, the ROI colluded with those who killed and maimed. Our government and the NIO should now use all of its leverage to force the ROI to fund the pensions, including taking them to international courts, including the European courts.
Not to do so will prove that those who are supposed to protect us are craven cowards and will do nothing to upset Sinn Fein or the Dublin government.
Tom Nash, Derriaghy