Richard Downes had a set of interesting interviews with several victims groups, (sound file) amongst them John Kelly of the Bloody Sunday relatives who was unequivocal, calling the proposed bill diabolical and demanding it be “totally thrown out and thrown in the bin as from today”. Raymond McCord whose son was a victim of the UVF during its supposed ceasefire:“There has been collusion here, but the collusion has been right across the board, between the two communities. I was able to put my case across concerning young Raymond’s murder, I named informers including the chief of staff of the UVF and I also named another senior Sinn Fein official. The bill is not about justice, it is about keeping a certain small section in Northern Ireland happy”.
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