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The Court of Appeal has ruled this morning that the Northern Ireland Executive must make payments to innocent victims.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster said,

“I welcome this ruling. It is reassuring for innocent victims. It also restates the law and emphasises that the Northern Ireland Executive must ensure payments are made to victims.

It is disappointing that Sinn Fein Ministers blocked and delayed this scheme. I look forward to payments being made.

Whilst the payments will be made from the Northern Ireland Executive, there is a strong argument that the Government should be increasing the Northern Ireland budget accordingly to fund the pension. After all some of the eligible claimants live outside Northern Ireland. I have been pressing this with the Government and we need to see action.”