Northern Ireland's Victim Commissioner to leave role

By Michael McHugh, PA

Northern Ireland Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson will not be reappointed when her term in office ends next month.

It's understood she had been prepared to continue in her post, but the First and Deputy First Ministers have decided against it.

She has campaigned for payment of a pension to those most severely injured during the Troubles.

That was stalled following a Stormont dispute over whether former paramilitaries should be eligible.

The DUP and Sinn Fein are at loggerheads over the definition of a victim.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said the pension for the badly injured should be funded by Stormont.

Relatives of some victims of non conflict-related violence have said Northern Ireland should have a commission representing all victims of crime.


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