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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."

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