The Rule of Law must Prevail on Northern Ireland Victims Pensions


Re: In the matter of McNern [2020] NIQB 57

 In forthright terms the High Court has held that the Executive Office that combines the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister are acting unlawfully in their delay in bringing into effect the Troubles Pension Scheme. This in not only because the statute required the Scheme to be operational by 29 May 2020, but because the political reasons for the delay have been deliberately adopted in order to frustrate the aims and purposes of the legislation.

Jennifer McNern and her sister were victims of the Abercorn Café bombing in Belfast in March 1972.  Mrs McNern has struggled for many years along with the Wave Survivors Group to force acknowledgement of the life changing physical and psychological injuries that were caused during the Troubles. They are part of a generation of victims who have been left with no other remedy than the this long awaited pension.

Danny Friedman QC was involved in this case.

Judgment is here.

Press is here.