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Victims anger at RIR members seeking massive public purse payouts

13 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member John O'Dowd today said that many victims of the UDR and RIR will be outraged at attempts by former part time members to take the British government to court seeking even more taxpayers money as a pay off for the Home Service Battalions being disbanded.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"The RIR Home Service Battalions like their processors the UDR and B-Specials were little more than a unionist militia. The British government themselves in recently released documents concede that the force was heavily involved with loyalist death squads. Sinn Féin led the campaign to have this discredited militia disbanded.

"Many victims of this force were already uneasy at the massive amount of taxpayers money being given to former militia men as a pay off with the decision to decommission the Home Service Battalions. These people will now be outraged that not content with the massive payouts being offered these individuals are now seeking to wrangle even more public money from the British government.

"At a time when we hear unionist politicians rightly claim that funding for victims organisations is under increasing pressure it is hard to see how they can then support the campaign currently being waged for exorbitant public money pay outs to former individual members of a combatant organisation responsible for so much illegal activity over so many years." ENDS

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