Bloody Sunday: Compensation offer a 'distraction' says victims sister

The sister of a teenager shot dead in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday has described the offer of £50,000 compensation as a 'distraction'.

Kate Nash's brother William was killed on Bloody Sunday.

She said the compensation offer was a stalling tactic by the Ministry of Defence. She said the families want prosecutions of the soldiers responsible for the killings.

"To me that is more important, I am not interested in money," she said.

"It is a distraction from the real issue which is ending impunity and getting the soldiers to court.

"We also have an ongoing police investigation and I don't know how that is progressing but I will be finding out very soon.

"I am not remotely interested in money, not now, and even after prosecutions, we are not interested in money."

The DUP Security Spokesman Gregory Campbell has questioned the process which led to the £50,000 figure.


"As far as I am aware when people receive some form of compensation there are criteria about whether they had dependents, their age and their possible earning potential.

"That doesn't appear to have applied in this case.

"It seems to be a carte blanche £50,000 irrespective of circumstances,

"Many people who had loved ones killed in their early part of the Troubles in the 1970s got a pittance in comparison to this, some of them got nothing whatsoever."

On Friday, the Ministry of Defence issued the following statement: "Discussions with the families' solicitors about compensation are ongoing and any speculation about payments is unhelpful and premature."

Thirteen people died when British soldiers opened fire during a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972. A fourteenth person died later.

The Saville Report into Bloody Sunday was published in June 2010.

Prime Minister David Cameron apologised to the families and said the killings were "unjustified and unjustifiable".

More on this story