NI Executive, Libya and the opportunity

One of the problems with the present talks is lack of additional money. Another is funding “the past”. In May 2011, the National Transitional Council in Libya signed a memorandum of understanding in which they said that it was their “sincere desire to enter discussions to consider an appropriately resourced humanitarian fund to be set up to recognise the pain and suffering of such victims and the wider society in the UK , and in particular Northern Ireland”. This was after it had apologised for the harm caused by the supply of guns and semtex to PIRA, led by Martin McGuinness and others.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office was tasked with examining ways in which this fund might be established and resourced. Three years on , it has made no progress.

It is estimated that 3,500 people, mostly in Northern Ireland, could benefit from this fund. It is an important aspect of dealing with the past.

Billions of pounds of Gadafy’s assets are frozen in the UK , yet no politician, or lawyer,local or national,  appears to have the skill to make this happen.

2 thoughts on “NI Executive, Libya and the opportunity

  1. I do think you’re being a little hard on poor Mr McCue. This is the man who braved sniper fire, land mines and overpriced food items in order to get a signature on a contract. I’m sure I am not alone when I say Mr McCue deserves a medal as well as a reasonably priced sandwich. And don’t forget that all these trips to war zones aren’t cheap and i’m sure the services of MODA aren’t cheap either. I know Mr McCue is a director in MODA but I don’t expect that he received their services for free. Yes I dread to think how much of his own money Mr McCue has spent on trips to Libya, private security, postage stamps for all the letters he sends to his clients… Chicago. Just look at this video, , here we have Mr McCue delivering a lecture and just in case you were in any doubt about how hard up for cash he must be he is wearing a t-shirt advertising “free yulia in ukraine”, which I understand to be some sort of strange foreign food consisting of two slices of bread with your choice of filling in the middle.


  2. From Mr McCues “ted” speech.

    “We’re all here, and all of those who watch it are going to be traumatized by this event, but all of you here who are victims are going to learn some hard truths. That is, our society, we sympathize, but after a while, we start to ignore. We don’t do enough as a society. We do not look after our victims, and we do not enable them, and what I’m going to try and show is that actually, victims are the best weapon we have against more terrorism.”

    Maybe Mr McCue should be reminded of this, especially the line “We do not look after our victims”. Care to put your money where your mouth is Jason?


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