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Shattered lives: Four innocent victims reveal what Troubles payment means to them

Four innocent victims speak to Suzanne Breen about what the payment would mean for them

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Mark Kelly forged a career in music despite losing his legs in a UVF pub bombing in 1976

Mark Kelly forged a career in music despite losing his legs in a UVF pub bombing in 1976

Margaret Yeaman lost her sight in a 1982 no-warning IRA bomb blast

Margaret Yeaman lost her sight in a 1982 no-warning IRA bomb blast

Mary Hannon-Fletcher battled both her spinal injury and prejudice

Mary Hannon-Fletcher battled both her spinal injury and prejudice

Philip Gault

Philip Gault

Mark Kelly forged a career in music despite losing his legs in a UVF pub bombing in 1976

Margaret Yeaman has never seen the faces of her grandchildren. Her family tell her whose eyes and hair and smiles they have, but it is not the same. Of everything she has suffered since she was blinded in the bomb, this is the worst.

"At least I have the memories of my own children's faces," she says. "They're grown up now, but I see them as they were on March 15, 1982, as I waved them off to school. They were nine, 11, 13 and 15.

"They've given me six precious grandchildren, but I feel like such a failure. I can't do the things that other grannies do. I can't take them on trips, bake buns with them or buy them clothes. I loved shopping myself, going into town, having a wee look around. All that's gone."