Belfast Telegraph

Omagh bomb woman's compensation row

A woman who suffered horrific burns in the 1998 Omagh bomb massacre has yet to receive a penny in compensation.

Donna Marie McGillion, 34, has blamed legal red tape for the delay in getting her money.

She said: "It is just a waiting game now and it is not nice because you are trapped in this hole and you cannot get out, and when you get to the surface there is someone up there to shove you back down."

Mrs McGillion suffered burns to 65% of her body when she was pulled from the debris of the bomb, which left 29 dead, including a mother pregnant with twins.

The legal process for compensation took eight years to begin in earnest because medics were trying to establish the extent of her injuries and her case is now the subject of a forthcoming court action.

"I don't want to become mega-rich because of what happened in Omagh but I want to be able to support my children how I would have done had I continued working," she said.

She added: "I am frustrated and it causes a lot of stress and pressure in my life, 12 years on it isn't the nicest thing in the world to have to go through." She still receives medical treatment and said if her condition deteriorated she wanted to be able to get whatever she needed to be comfortable.

"I did not ask to be in the middle of a bomb or to receive these injuries or for my whole life to be turned around," she said.

Married mother-of-two Mrs McGillion said officials had failed to show compassion after she suffered third-degree burns to most of her body and a piece of shrapnel is still lodged in her neck. The former supermarket supervisor will never work again.

It is understood all Omagh victims were offered compensation following the bomb. A spokesman for the Compensation Agency said: "We don't comment on individual cases."


From Belfast Telegraph