Kenny Donaldson appeared on BBC Radio Ulster Evening Extra on Friday 30thAugust.
The principal reason for his interview was in relation to the re-appointment of Judith Thompson as Victims’ Commissioner.
Leaving aside the car crash interview which he gave [ more on a future blog] he said this: “ a lot of people are paid as a result of the peace process, their livings [sic] depend on it”.
The point being made was not immediately obvious.
Was he criticising those people? Was he expressing concern that if the peace process broke down , they would no longer be paid?
Perhaps a clue is to be found in an exchange he and I had in May of this year, where , out of the blue, he accused me of stating that he earned money out of victims. I asked him for proof of where I had made this allegation but his reply was:
“play your smart lawyer tricks with someone else..a small number of people are obsessed with money, most are not. Unsure what camp you are in”.
So let’s analyse that. I have never applied for nor received any money from the Victims and Survivors Service, which doles it out on behalf of the Executive Office.
Let’s look at South East Fermanagh Foundation, company number NI 606566.
It has filed accounts to 31stMarch 2018. SEFF’s income from grants was £762,360. It is set to receive £705,903 in the current financial year.
Undoubtedly good works are done down there. Macramé, bus runs, musical evenings.
So how many people are employed? The answer is ten.
How much do they earn? Well, the individual salaries are not listed . But here is the interesting thing. These ten people cost the taxpayer, you and me , £348.000 in the last financial year. How much did ten people cost in the previous year? £173,000.
So why did the wage bill for the same number of employees at SEFF double in one year?
Perhaps Kenny Donaldson knows the answer.
Meanwhile we have the ridiculous spectacle of one state paid individual , Donaldson, criticising another, Thompson, for not doing her job.
Twice asked by the interviewer “will you work with her?’ , twice Donaldson failed to answer.
Is it because his living depends on the peace process?
Soon , Dear Reader, I will blog about the victims’ legislation.