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Reaction to Troubles money decision

Politicians and public figures have been reacting to the Northern Ireland Secretary's announcement that he has ruled out a £12,000 payment to all families bereaved as a result of the Troubles.

DENIS BRADLEY, CO-AUTHOR OF REPORT

Denis Bradley
"I am very pleased that we had a very, very positive response from the secretary of state in that he recognises that this (the report) is the way forward and he is putting his people to work on it and that is a very positive development.

"People will come back to it (the recognition payments plan) in a few years time.

"The proposal may be inept... but this is an issue that every conflict in the world has to settle."

PETER ROBINSON, DUP LEADER

Peter Robinson
"Both the prime minister and the secretary of state were left in no doubt that people in Northern Ireland would never accept this morally offensive idea.

"The reality of devolved government has ensured that this proposal could not be imposed against our wishes.

"There are other elements of the Eames-Bradley proposals which are equally unacceptable and we will continue to make representations on these issues."

FRANCIE MOLLOY, SINN FÉIN SPOKESMAN ON VICTIMS ISSUES

Francie Molloy
"British state interests do not match the interests of victims and survivors.

"This was always a weakness in the Eames-Bradley approach which we publicly identified. The British government appointed them, set their terms of reference, funded them and ultimately reserved the right to pick and choose from their recommendations."

PATRICIA MACBRIDE, MEMBER OF VICTIMS COMMISSION

Patricia MacBride
"In supporting the recommendation, we did so from the position that the pragmatic outcome would have been that it could have helped where there was significant need in many cases.

"We have heard real stories of where the benefits system and compensation have failed to address need for many people over many years. Those practical and emotional needs are still there and are still very real and we will continue to press government to ensure those needs are met."

DOLORES KELLY, SDLP VICTIMS SPOKESWOMAN

Dolores Kelly
"The SDLP raised concerns about this proposal from the start and are on the record as saying this particular recommendation needed re-visiting.

"However, it is worth remembering that this is only one element of a comprehensive report which contains many worthy issues that merit careful consideration."

JIM NICHOLSON, ULSTER UNIONIST PARTY

Jim Nicholson
"I am delighted that the secretary of state has let common-sense prevail and has ruled out what was a derisory, insensitive and crude attempt by Eames-Bradley to draw a line under the past.

"I am sure that the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland will be welcoming the secretary of state's decision this morning as a return to common sense and decency."

JIM ALLISTER, TRADITIONAL UNIONIST VOICE

Jim Allister
"The decision by the secretary of state to pull the £12,000 payment is a direct result of pressure from innocent victims.

"Those who made it clear that they would not accept a payment which would imply that they see no difference between those who suffered from terrorism and those who perpetrated it are to be congratulated for their principled stand."

DAVID FORD, ALLIANCE PARTY LEADER

David Ford
"The payment issue was severely undermining the good aspects of the report. There is a need to recognise the suffering of victims' families, but such payments were not the right way to do so.

"It is clear that there was major opposition to these payments from a broad spectrum of groups through Northern Ireland. Now that this matter has been ruled out, all parties must examine the other recommendations in the Eames-Bradley report with an open mind."

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