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'Astronomical Saville Inquiry costs must stop' - DUP's Gregory Campbell

By Claire Cromie

The "astronomical" costs of the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday must end, Gregory Campbell has fumed.

The DUP’s East Londonderry MP hit out during Northern Ireland Questions on Wednesday as the costs relating to the near-£200m inquiry were queried by MPs.

"The Saville Inquiry costs continue to mount years later," he said.

"Up to last year the Northern Ireland Office paid almost £8,000 for website costs for the inquiry. The last witness left the stand in January 2005. However this is not the only cost as the appointment of 30 officers to investigate the aftermath could run close to £8m.

"The families bereaved through La Mon, Kingsmills, Teebane, Dropping Well and Bloody Friday among others would yearn for similar investment to be made in the deaths of their loved ones.

"There is not a level playing field and its long past time the balance was restored."

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "deeply sorry" in 2010 that British paratroopers had shot dead 13 civil rights marchers in Londonderry without justification on Bloody Sunday - 30 January 1972.

But he pledged there would never again be such an open-ended and costly inquiry as Lord Saville's Bloody Sunday tribunal, which cost £195 million and took 12 years to complete.


Further reading:

Top Army Generals contacted by Bloody Sunday probe team  

Anonymity offer over Bloody Sunday

I saw soldier lose plot on Bloody Sunday: ex-Para 

Bloody Sunday Paras amnesty call sparks fury

Troubles probes costing £12m a year 

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