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DUP ‘victims bill’ rapped

A controversial attempt to change the official definition of a victim in Northern Ireland to exclude paramilitaries killed in the Troubles has been launched at Stormont.

The DUP yesterday introduced a Private Members' Bill that, if passed, would amend the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order of 2006 which does not make a distinction between civilians and combatants who lost their lives in the conflict.

Sinn Fein MLA Francie Molloy said the Bill was a cynical exercise to exploit the grief and suffering of victims.

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