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Pay victims of IRA-Libya terrorism, says Arlene Foster

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 22/09/2015

Plea: Arlene Foster yesterday
Plea: Arlene Foster yesterday

The UK Government must be "pushed" into making compensation available for the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism, MLAs have been told.

Acting First Minister Arlene Foster said they deserved a financial recompense.

Speaking during Question Time at the Assembly, Mrs Foster said: "We want to make sure that there is a just settlement in relation to having compensation paid to the victims of IRA terrorism particularly in relation to product that has been delivered from Libya over the years.

"There are many victims who have suffered at the hands of that sort of product therefore we need to push our own Government into making sure that compensation is available."

MPs are currently examining the role of the UK Government in seeking compensation for the victims of IRA attacks made possible by Semtex explosive and other weapons from the former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi.

Last week it was revealed that more than £900m worth of frozen assets belonging to the dead dictator could not be accessed to provide compensation for IRA victims.

Colonel Gaddafi sent at least three shipments of Semtex to the IRA during the 1980s and 1990s.

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