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Northern Ireland Victims Commissioner to leave role

Judith Thompson has campaigned for payment of a pension to those most severely injured during the Troubles

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Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson will not be reappointed (Liam McBurney/PA)

Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson will not be reappointed (Liam McBurney/PA)

Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson will not be reappointed (Liam McBurney/PA)

Northern Ireland Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson will not be reappointed when her term in office ends next month.

She has campaigned for payment of a pension to those most severely injured during the Troubles.

That was stalled following a Stormont dispute over whether former paramilitaries should be eligible.

The DUP and Sinn Fein are at loggerheads over the definition of a victim.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said the pension for the badly injured should be funded by Stormont.

Relatives of some victims of non conflict-related violence have said Northern Ireland should have a commission representing all victims of crime.

PA