DUP’s Doherty debate is ‘appalling’

Today’s DUP NI Assembly motion, calling for the cancellation of a compensation payment to the family of a Derry murder victim, has been described by the SDLP as ‘appalling.’ Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey added: “seeking to stop compensation to Real IRA murder victim, Kieran Doherty’s family, is an unhelpful and unnecessary distraction. I believe the DUP are using the case to distract from the events of the summer for which they must be embarrassed.”

“We as Assembly Members must be above partial games and I would urge the DUP to drop their motion for the Assembly.

Mr. Ramsey MLA then added: “I am appalled that the DUP would seek to use Parliamentary business to effectively target one family in my constituency, and single them out for unfair treatment. The compensation awarded to the mother and partner of Mr Doherty was awarded fairly under the Compensation Service’s legislation and it is truly scornful for the DUP to now call for the Minister of Justice to intervene to stop the payment or to signify that policy should be changed as a result of it.

“Much has been made in recent weeks about the compensation, but we cannot simply pick and choose the terms of the scheme and frankly, it is my belief that the DUP are using the case of this compensation, awarded to the family of a man who was murdered in cold blood, to distract from the some events of the summer for which they must be embarrassed.”