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Page Compiled: Martin Melaugh

 

See the new section on:
'Remembering': Victims, Survivors and Commemoration
in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland
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Victims of the Northern Ireland Conflict

This is a draft page on the issue of the victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

In November 1997 the Secretary of State commissioned Sir Kenneth Bloomfield to "... examine the feasibility of providing greater recognition for those who have become victims in the last thirty years as a consequence of events in Northern Ireland ...". Sir Kenneth's report 'We Will Remember Them' was published in May 1998 and its recommendations were accepted in full by the British Government. A Minister for Victims was appointed and in June 1998 the Victims Liaison Unit was established to take forward the Bloomfield recommendations. In June 2000, following devolution, the Victims Unit was established within the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).

This page provides links to some of the reports that have been produced on the subject of victims. There are also links to other related information. Additional material will be included in the future.

 

  • People killed as a result of the conflict
  • Main Pages

      Ardoyne Commemoration Project. (2002) Ardoyne: The Untold Truth. Belfast: Beyond The Pale.

      Bloomfield, Kenneth. (1998), 'We Will Remember Them': Report of the Northern Ireland Victims Commissioner, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield KCB, (April 1998). Belfast: The Stationery Office Northern Ireland.

      Cairns, Ed., and Mallett, John. (2003) Who are the Victims? Self-assessed Victimhood and the Northern Irish Conflict; NIO Research and Statistical Series, Report No.7, (June 2003), [PDF; 243KB]. Belfast: NIO Statistics and Research Branch.

      Clio Evaluation Consortium. (2002) Evaluation of the Core Funding Programme for Victims' / Survivors' Groups, (1 March 2002), [PDF; 335KB]. Belfast: Clio Evaluation Consortium.

      Connolly, Paul. (2003) Ethical Principles for Researching Vulnerable Groups, [PDF; 90KB]. Belfast: OFMDFM.

      Deloitte and Touche. (2001) Evaluation of Services to Victims and Survivors of the Troubles, Summary Report, (October 2001), [PDF; 103KB]. Belfast: Deloitte and Touche.

      Ensor, Kathleen Rose., and Salvado, Maria Truno, I. (2006) International Experiences of Days of Remembrance and Reflection, (January 2006), [PDF; 885KB]. Belfast: Healing Through Remembering Project.

      Fermanagh Victims Programme. (2001) Towards Healing - A Self Help Directory, [PDF; 436KB]. Enniskillen: Fermanagh District Partnership.

      Hamber, Brandon., Kulle, Dorte., and Wilson, Robin. (eds.) (2001) Future Policies for the Past, (Report No.13). Belfast: Democratic Dialogue.

      Hamber, Brandon., and Wilson, Robin. (eds.) (2003) Recognition and Reckoning: the way ahead on victims issues, (Report 15), (April 2003), [PDF, 484KB]. Belfast: Democratic Dialogue.

      Healing Trough Remembering Project. (2002) Healing Trough Remembering: The Report of the Healing Trough Remembering Project, (June 2002), [PDF; 1436KB]. Belfast: Healing Trough Remembering Project.

      Kelly, Grainne., and Smyth, Marie. (1999) Report on a survey of voluntary groups serving the needs of those bereaved and injured in the Troubles, [PDF; 376KB]. Belfast: NIO, Victims Liaison Unit (VLU).

      Lundy, Patricia., and McGovern, Mark. (2005) Community, 'Truth-telling' and Conflict Resolution: A Critical Evaluation of the Role of Community-based 'Truth-telling' Processes for Post-conflict Trasition - A Case Study of the Ardoyne Commemoration Project. Belfast: The Authors.

      McDougall, Bertha. (2007). Support for Victims and Survivors: Addressing the human legacy, (Report of the Interim Commissioner for Victims Survivors), (25 January 2007), [PDF; 732KB]. Belfast: Interim Commissioner for Victims Survivors.

      McDougall, Bertha. (2007). 'Executive Summary' of Support for Victims and Survivors: Addressing the human legacy, (Report of the Interim Commissioner for Victims Survivors), (25 January 2007), [PDF; 61KB]. Belfast: Interim Commissioner for Victims Survivors.

      Mackin, Michaela., Patterson, Norma., and Butcher, Mary. (2000) Developing Standards for Working with those Affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland, [PDF; 468KB]. Belfast: NIO, Victims Liaison Unit (VLU).

      Murphy, Paul. (2005) Written Statement by Paul Murphy Annoucing Proposals for a Victims' and Survivors' Commissioner and Consultation on the Future of Services for Victims and Survivors, (1 March 2005). London: Northern Ireland Office (NIO).

      NIACRO and Victim Support. (1999) All Truth is Bitter: A Report of the Visit of Doctor Alex Boraine, Deputy Chairman of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to Northern Ireland, [PDF; 163KB]. Belfast: NIACRO and Victim Support.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC). (2003) Human Rights and Victims of Violence, (June 2003), [PDF; 2793KB]. Belfast: NIHRC.

      Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM). (1999) Split of Responsibilities Between the Two Vicitims Units, [PDF; 11KB]. Belfast: OFMDFM.

      Potter, Michael. (2004) In Their Own Words: A Research Report into the Victims Sector in Northern Ireland, (April 2004), [PDF; 3017KB]. Belfast: Training for Women Network (TWN).

      Victims Liaison Unit (VLU). (2002) Equality Impact Assessment of the Core Funding Scheme 2002/2004 for Victims and Survivors Groups, [PDF; 129KB]. Belfast: NIO, Victims Liaison Unit (VLU).

      Victims Unit (VU). (2005) Services for Victims and Survivors: Consultation on Next Phase of Policy in relation to services for Victims and Survivors of the troubles in Northern Ireland and on the establishment of a Commissioner for Victims and Survivors, (1 March 2005), [PDF; 400KB]. Belfast: Victims Unit, OFMDFM.

      Victims Unit (VU). (2003) Victims Unit Progress Report, 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003; "Reshape, Rebuild, Achieve", [PDF; 615KB]. Belfast: OFMDFM, Victims Unit (VU).

      Victims Unit (VU). (2002) "Reshape, Rebuild, Achieve": Delivering practical help and services to the victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland, [PDF; 93KB]. Belfast: OFMDFM, Victims Unit (VU).

  • The Policy of the Political Parties
    • APNI
      Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI). Motion 3: 'Victims', Proposed by Eileen Bell at APNI Conference, 13 March 2004. Belfast: APNI.
      Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI). 'Alliance Works' - 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly Election Manifesto, [see page 14], [PDF; 3390KB]. Belfast: APNI.
      DUP
      Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). (2003) 'A Voice for Innocent Victims', The Democratic Unionist Party's Policy on Innocent Victims of Terrorism, (Policy Paper 2003), [PDF; 959KB]. Belfast: DUP.
      Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). (2003) 'Fair Deal Manifesto 2003' - 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly Election Manifesto, [see page 25], [PDF; 2203KB]. Belfast: DUP.
      SDLP
      Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). (2003) 'Reshaping Government, Rebuilding Public Services' - 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly Election Manifesto, [see page 31], [PDF; 844KB]. Belfast: SDLP.
      Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). (1999) Victims, We Will Remember Them, (Motion No 59 refers). Belfast: SDLP.
      SF
      Sinn Féin (SF). (2003) 'Truth: A Sinn Féin Discussion Document', (September 2003), [PDF; 41KB]. Belfast: SF.
      Sinn Féin (SF). (2003) 'Agenda for Government' - 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly Election Manifesto, [see page 28], [PDF; 4779KB]. Belfast: SF.
      Sinn Féin (SF). (1997) ‘For a Future as Equals - Justice Issues, Rights and Safeguards’: A Sinn Féin Submission to Strands One and Two of the multi-party talks, (10 November 1997), [see page 5], [PDF; 216KB]. Belfast: SF.
  • list of some of the groups providing support to victims of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland
      See in particular the material available at:

      Victims Unit - A dedicated Victims Unit with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), its role to raise awareness of, and co-ordinate activity on, issues affecting victims of 'the Troubles' across the devolved administration and throughout Northern Ireland in general.
      Website: www.victimsni.gov.uk {external_link}
      Email: info@victimsni.gov.uk

      Victims Liaison Unit - A government based liaison unit within the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), set up by the Minister for Victims, to support the implementation of Sir Kenneth Bloomfield's report 'We Will Remember Them'.
      Website: www.nio.gov.uk/issues/victims.htm {external_link}
      Email: victims@mics.gov.uk

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