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Sisters of Bloody Sunday teenager reject MoD compensation payout

By Donna Deeney

The sisters of a teenager shot dead by the Army on Bloody Sunday have flatly rejected an offer of compensation from the Ministry of Defence.

William Nash was just 19 when he was killed by a soldier from the Parachute Regiment almost 40 years ago, one of 13 people to die on January 30, 1972.

His father had rushed to help William when the young man was shot in Glenfada Park in the Bogside, and ended up being shot himself.

In a statement, the MoD said it acknowledged the pain felt by the Bloody Sunday families and that members of the Armed Forces acted wrongly. “For that, the Government is deeply sorry. We are in contact with the families’ solicitors and where there is a legal liability to pay compensation we will do so,” it said.

Yesterday William’s sisters Kate Nash and Margaret McGilloway said they had no interest in compensation and nothing short of prosecution would satisfy them.

Margaret revealed that in 1974 the family had been offered an ex gratia payment of £250 by the State without admission of liability, but they had turned it down.

“My mother rejected money offered by the British Government and we would consider it a dishonour to her memory to do anything other than reject this money,” said Ms McGilloway.

“My brother's memory is too precious to put a price on, so we will continue to fight for prosecutions. We are of the belief that they are offering money so that we will not look to see those responsible in court — which is another reason why we will not accept any money, not now, not ever.

“We fought for almost 40 years for William and we will continue for as long as necessary to see those who killed him behind bars.”

The news has been met with criticism from unionists, including DUP MP Gregory Campbell and UUP leader Tom Elliott , who said there should be compensation for IRA victims.

Margaret said she felt sorry for these politicians and was not surprised by their comments.

She added: “This is typical enough of Gregory Campbell and Tom Elliott and I feel pity on them. They begrudged us the inquiry, they begrudge us the outcome of the inquiry, so it is little wonder they are now begrudging an offer of compensation.”

The MoD's letter was sent to Madden & Finucane Solicitors, who don’t represent the Nash family, but act on behalf of the majority of Bloody Sunday relatives.

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