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Why victims of the Troubles like Rosaleen and Jennifer McNern deserve their long overdue pensions

Alban Maginness


The stand-off between the Executive and Westminster over who pays for the scheme is a humourless farce, says Alban Maginness

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The scene after the Abercorn restaurant bombing in 1972

The scene after the Abercorn restaurant bombing in 1972

The scene after the Abercorn restaurant bombing in 1972

On the afternoon of March 4, 1972 two young women, Jennifer McNern and her sister Rosaleen, were casually having a coffee at the Abercorn restaurant in Belfast city centre. At 4.30pm a five-pound gelignite bomb left in a handbag exploded inside the restaurant.

Two young women were killed and 130 people injured. The two McNern sisters were horrifically mutilated. Rosaleen lost both her legs, her right arm and an eye. Jennifer lost both legs.

According to Ed Moloney in his book Voices From The Grave, PIRA sources have unofficially confirmed that they were responsible for the atrocity.


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