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IRA attack victims in Britain battle for Northern Ireland pension

By Lesley Houston

Victims maimed by the IRA's campaign of violence in Britain are continuing their fight for access to Troubles-related pensions which taxpayers there would help to fund.

The president of the Docklands Victims' Association has taken the campaign to Justice Minister Michael Gove, appealing for access to the proposed Northern Ireland pension scheme.

Jonathan Ganesh revealed that the wife of a man left severely disabled by the Docklands bombing of 1996 is considering moving to the province so her blind, paralysed and brain-damaged husband can avail of any payment.

In a letter to the MP, he said victims of a number of atrocities were now fearful their suffering would be overlooked, naming along with the Docklands victims, those hurt in other IRA attacks in Britain.

The DVA spokesman concluded that many would be left "heartbroken" if the Northern Ireland proposed pension scheme was implemented to the exclusion of victims in Britain, stating it would be "immensely unfair due to its discriminatory nature".

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