Ex-Soldiers Win Fight Against Northern Ireland Bloody Sunday Quiz
Northern Ireland

£900,000 In Damages Paid By Government For Bloody Sunday Victims

More than £900,000 is to be paid out in compensation over the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry.

Ex-Soldiers Win Fight Against Northern Ireland Bloody Sunday Quiz

Library image of a mural marking the events of Bloody Sunday.

The government is to pay more than £900,000 in damages to settle compensation claims brought over the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland in 1972.

Families of nine people killed by British soldiers are to be paid £75,000 each.

Thirteen people died after troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators, with a fourteenth victim dying in hospital.

The latest claims were brought by victims and their families after a major tribunal established the innocence of all those shot.

Following the publication of the Saville report in 2010, then-Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for the Army's actions, branding them "unjustified and unjustifiable".

It follows a payout of £700,000 in damages by the MoD to the families of two men who were shot dead on Bloody Sunday.

The family of Gerard McKinnery, a 35-year-old married father-of-eight, was awarded £625,000, while Michael McDaid's family received £75,000.

In the case of Mr McDaid, the compensation was lower due to the 20-year-old single man having no dependants when he was killed.

On Thursday, resolutions were announced at the High Court in similar actions including victims who had no dependents at the time.

The 14 cases involved a combined total of £925,000 in damages, plus costs.

Further discussions are to take place in the remaining lawsuits.