07/06/2012

Row Over 'IRA' Victim's Forum Appointment

Unionist politicians have attacked the appointment of an ex-IRA suspect to a victims' forum.

TUV leader Jim Allister said the appointment of Eibhlin Glenholmes was "monstrous".

Glenholmes was wanted in Britain in the 1980s for alleged murder and firearms-related offences, but was released by an Irish court after warrants for her arrest were proved defective.

For a time, she was known as the most-wanted woman in Britain, but she was never convicted of any terrorist charges.

She returned to Belfast in the peace process years, joined Sinn Fein and now works with republican ex-prisoners project Tar Anall.

She has now been appointed to the Forum for Victims and Survivors, a 25-member advisory body selected by the Victims and Survivors' Commission.

Mr Allister told the Belfast Telegraph: "I'm utterly disgusted. I think it's a monstrous appointment. The organisation which she was long associated with made those people victims."

But victims commissioner Bertha McDougall said it was important to reflect as wide a range of perspectives as possible.

Mrs McDougall, whose police officer husband was killed by republicans in 1981, told the Irish Independent: "It is about making sure that there is a range of experience of the conflict. That is where we are coming from."

She asked people to wait for the full membership list but said they could pass concerns to the Victims and Survivors Service.

She said: "I think when people look at the forum as a whole, they will, I hope, see people who have comparable experience to their own."

(NE)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 July 2018
Number Of People Injured In Co Down Collision
A number of people have been injured after the bus they were travelling in was involved in a crash with a tractor in Newtownards, Co Down. The collision happened on the Belfast Road just after 4pm on Monday, 16 July.
20 June 2018
Two People Arrested Over Basil McAfee Murder
Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in north Belfast. Basil McAfee's body was found at his home in the Henderson Avenue area on Friday, 20 December, 2013. He was attacked with an axe and a knife. Six people have previously been arrested in connection with the murder.
16 April 2019
Thieves Rip ATM From Wall In County Antrim Village
A group of thieves have ripped an ATM from the wall of a shop in Bushmills, County Antrim. A business in Market Square was targeted in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 16 April, marking the tenth cash machine to be stolen in Northern Ireland this year.
11 April 2019
New Brexit Deadline Set For 31 October
European Union officials have approved Prime Minister Theresa May's request for a six-month extension to Brexit. The new deadline is now set for 31 October and prevents a no-deal exit this Friday. It comes as politicians in Westminster remain in deadlock over the deal, which has been rejected by Parliament twice.
20 October 2017
Deputy Speaker Of Assembly Resigns
The deputy speaker of the NI Assembly, Sinn Fein's Caitríona Ruane, has resigned from the role. She kept her post as principal deputy speaker, which has a salary of £55,000, despite the assembly not functioning. TUV leader Jim Allister brought the issue to light and called for her to resign.