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Victims group 'heartened' after meeting with Brokenshire

By Allan Preston

Published 24/08/2016

From left, Bert Wilson vice chair Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Secretary of State James Brokenshire, Mary Garrity, chair of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and Stanley McComb who lost his wife Ann in the Omagh bombing
From left, Bert Wilson vice chair Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Secretary of State James Brokenshire, Mary Garrity, chair of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and Stanley McComb who lost his wife Ann in the Omagh bombing

Secretary of State James Brokenshire continued his tour of Northern Ireland yesterday, meeting with the relatives of Troubles victims.

Members of the victims and survivors group, the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF), said they had a "positive yet robust" meeting with Mr Brokenshire and were "heartened" by his approach.

SEFF's Director, Kenny Donaldson, said they pressed him on issues such as the proposed new Historical Investigations Unit, the effect of Brexit on Peace IV funding, pensions for the seriously injured, restoring the Army Widows Pension for those who remarry and the role of the Irish government during the Troubles.

He added: "The Secretary acknowledged there has been an imbalance in how 'legacy' issues have been examined to date, he agreed that innocent victims and survivors of terrorism must be facilitated in their quest to obtain justice, truth and accountability around events which have had such a devastating impact upon their lives."

Mr Brokenshire also met with victims campaigner Stanley McComb, whose wife Ann was killed in the 1998 Omagh bomb.

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