Northern Ireland historical abuse victims issue plea for compensation
Compensation for victims of historical child abuse should be a priority for the new Assembly, survivors told MLAs yesterday.
Campaigners urged Stormont to put the issue at the top of the Programme for Government and outlined a model compensation scheme they hope will be adopted.
It involves two types of compensation - one for former residents of homes where abuse was endemic and another for individual abuse.
Margaret McGuckin, from Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse, said: "Victims have waited their whole lives for an acknowledgement from the State for letting us down so badly. Part of that must be redress."