Terror victims: US cash prolonged the Troubles

A campaign group for victims of terrorism has challenged a US Congressional delegation to accept the role of American citizens in prolonging the Troubles.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 7:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 7:49 am

Innocent Victims United also called on the Congress members and the Biden administration to draw up plans for reparations to relatives of those murdered and injured by IRA weapons supplied from the United States.

IVU spokesman Kenny Donaldson said the nine-strong group from the US House of Representatives, which is visiting Ireland this week, should take those two messages from terrorist victims back with them to Washington DC.

Mr Donaldson said: “There is a growing frustration amongst victims over the lack of acknowledgement by the US over the impact of it and some of its citizens in sustaining terrorism and prolonging the campaign of violence.

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald with the US congressional delegation, led by senior Democrat Richard Neal, at Leinster House in Dublin

“On behalf of the constituency we represent we ask this delegation from the ‘Ways and Means Committee’ to take a message back with them: You must give focus to paying reparations to those murdered and injured as a result of armaments and finance provided by various US-based groups to the Provisional Republican movement.

“The USA are world leaders in lecturing other nations as to what they should and shouldn’t do. It’s high time for them to take their own advice.”