Canary Wharf IRA bombing survivors to discuss compensation plans

Jonathan Ganesh will be among the campaigners meeting officials. Picture: Mike Brooke

Jonathan Ganesh will be among the campaigners meeting officials. Picture: Mike Brooke - Credit: Archant

Victims of the 1996 Canary Wharf bombing are set to meet with the Northern Ireland Office to discuss compensation plans for those impacted by the Troubles.

The Docklands Victims Association, which was set up following the IRA bombing more than two decades ago, have raised concerns over proposed legislation which has gone out to public consultation.

The group said that a discriminatory pension scheme will, if legislation is approved in its current form, be implemented for victims based in Northern Ireland, but not in other parts of the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

The association said that it would also exclude victims who suffer from severe mental health issues such as PTSD, adding that in carrying out its own consultations a “vast number” of victims have taken or attempted to take their own lives.

Jonathan Ganesh, who was severely injured in the Docklands bombing and is now president of the DVA, said: “I’m appalled that victims have taken their own lives. It breaks my heart.

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“I am disgusted with the present proposal that will not recognise mental health condition such as PTSD.

“I’m shocked how this proposed discriminatory legislation from Northern Ireland can be even been considered.”

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Members of the DVA will be meeting senior officials from the Northern Ireland Office tomorrow (Tues) where they will deliver their own findings.

They have also sent a copy of the report to prime minister Theresa May, the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and Irish president Michael D Higgins.

A UK Government spokesman said: “The UK government wants to hear the views of all people affected by the Troubles, including many from outside Northern Ireland whose lives have been affected.

“NIO officials will be meeting representatives of DVA this week and we are grateful to receive their views, which will be considered carefully.”

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