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Judith Thompson's bid to revive legacy talks

By Noel McAdam

A fresh attempt to revive political negotiations on dealing with the legacy of the Troubles is underway.

New Victims Commissioner, Judith Thompson, is to meet most of the Stormont parties this week to try to maintain the momentum which led to last month's Fresh Start Stormont deal.

Members of the Victims' Forum met with Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, yesterday ahead of the bid to renew talks.

The agreement covered implementation of welfare reform - with power handed back to Westminster - and ended uncertainty over Stormont's budget. It also contained new measures for tackling paramilitarism - but reached no conclusion on dealing with the past.

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