Victims of terror asked to attend public meeting

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VICTIMS of IRA terrorism and their families are being asked to attend a public meeting set to be held in Cookstown this week.

It is set to happen this Friday, August 3 at the Royal Hotel and will discuss Stormont’s treatment of those who have been affected by the Troubles.

Local councillor Robert Kelly, organiser of the victim focused meeting, said it is a chance for those affected by the darkest period of Northern Ireland’s history to have their say on what way they would like the past to be dealt with.

The UUP representative said: “It is nearly on a daily basis now that we are hearing calls for inquiries and prosecutions of members of the security forces during the so called Troubles.

“I am in no way trying to deny people justice but what I am saying is let’s have a level playing field when it comes to justice. “Too many people across Ulster have bene left with empty seats at their table. Those families have tried to get on with their lives but the hurt still remains and the feeling that their loved ones are being airbrushed out of history,” he said.

“In a recent speech Martin McGuinness said that he wanted every family to know that their pain was not being ignored. This is something that innocent victims are finding very hard to believe.

“Martin McGuinness says he respects unionism and its culture, what I am saying is show some of that respect to victims. Come clean about his past.

“He calls for prosecution for those involved in Bloody Sunday whilst all the while those who carried out some of the worst atrocities in our province are walking free.”

Councillor Kelly added that it was time that those affected by the IRA’s “past actions” said “enough is enough” and had their voices heard. This, he said, would be discussed at the meeting.

“For far too long now we have seen concession after concession to the perpetrators of violence and their political spin doctors, it’s time to say enough is enough.”

“All I am asking for is equality for all our people, not just the ones who Martin and Peter think deserve it. If you think you have been affected by the actions of terrorists or are of the same opinion as voiced in this statement then come along to a public meeting this Friday, August 3rd at 8pm.

“This is your chance to have your say about the current political regime is treating the victims of terror.”