Martina Anderson from Sinn Féin has apologized for what she said about a compensation scheme for victims of the Troubles in the North. Martina Anderson is a member of the Stortmont Assembly.
In a tweet she published last night, she claimed that people who took the British side in the “dirty war” in the North and those who were allied with Britain will benefit from the compensation scheme. The tweet was subsequently deleted.
The SDLP, the DUP and the Ulster Unionist Party strongly criticized what she had said.
This morning, Martina Anderson apologized to victims during the Troubles and claimed she did not intend to insult them.
She said what she had said in the tweet was “disrespectful.”
Under the compensation scheme, it is intended to pay a basic rent of between £ 1,000 and £ 10,000 a year to people injured during the Troubles.
However, Sinn Féin is unhappy with certain aspects of the scheme and has been delayed by the party.
Because people convicted of hurting others are not allowed to interfere with the ground rent, Sinn Féin believes that thousands of republicans who were imprisoned during the Troubles are being discriminated against.
Last week, however, the high court in Belfast ruled that the party’s delay in placing the scheme was illegal.
In light of this ruling, Sinn Féin’s Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill, announced that she would be happy to proceed with the scheme.
Two victims brought the elevated case against the delay on the scheme.
These are Jennifer McNern, who lost both legs in a 1972 bomb attack, and Brian Turley who was abused by the British Army during interrogation in 1971.