Bloody Sunday: £900,000 in Damages for Victims

Damages worth more than £900,000 are to be paid out in compensation for claims brought over the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry.  The families of nine of those killed by British soldiers in the city in January 1972 are to be paid £75,000 each. Another five people wounded are to receive £50,000. Thirteen people died after members of the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators. A fourteenth person died later.

The resolutions were confirmed at the High Court on Thursday 25th September 2018, as part of a series of lawsuits against the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Claims were brought by victims and their families after a major tribunal established the innocence of all those shot. The Saville Inquiry’s findings in 2010 prompted the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, to publicly apologise for the actions of the soldiers. He described the killings as “unjustified and unjustifiable”. With liability accepted, the cases centred on the level of damages to be paid out.

Last month a judge awarded Michael Quinn £193,000 for injuries inflicted when he  was shot in the face as a schoolboy on Bloody Sunday. That led to settlements being announced in another two test cases. The widow of Gerry McKinney, a father-of-eight, received £625,000 compensation for his death. A pay-out of £75,000 was also agreed for the family of Michael McDaid, 20, over his killing.

Read more: BBC News,

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