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21/09/2021

More than £900,000 in damages to be paid out in further compensation claims brought over Bloody Sunday

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More than £900,000 in damages is to be paid out in a further 14 compensation claims brought over Bloody Sunday, it has emerged. The payments were confirmed at the High Court as part of a series of lawsuits which were filed against the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Thirteen people were shot dead when members of the British Army's Parachute Regiment opened fire on civilians in the Bogside area of Derry on January 30, 1972. A fourteenth person died later from their injuries. Last month, a judge awarded Michael Quinn almost £200,000 for injuries suffered after he was shot in the face on Bloody Sunday. That in turn led to settlements in another two test cases where the widow of Gerry McKinney, a father-of-eight, received £625,000 compensation for his death while a £75,000 settlement was agreed for the family of single man Michael McDaid. The further 14 cases involved a combined total of £925,000 in damages, plus costs. Claims settled for £75,000 each were brought on behalf of the following nine deceased: Hugh Gilmour, 17, shot dead on Rossville Street. Gerald Donaghey, 17, killed at Abbey Park in the city. John Young, 17, shot dead at a rubble barricade on Rossville Street. Jackie Duddy, 17, shot in the car park of the Rossville Flats. Kevin McElhinney, 17, shot from behind as he crawled towards the front door of the Rossville Flats. Michael Kelly, 17, fatally wounded near the rubble barricade on Rossville Street William McKinney, 26, shot dead in Glenfada Park. William Nash, 19, shot at the rubble barricade on Rossville Street. James Wray, 22, shot in Glenfada Park. Five other actions on behalf of some of those wounded on Bloody Sunday have also been settled for £50,000 each. They are: Alana Burke, injured as an 18-year-old by an armoured vehicle on waste ground near the Rossville Flats car park. John Johnston, 59, (died 16 June 1972) who was shot and wounded in William Street by a paratrooper firing from a derelict building. Mr Johnston died less than six months later. Patrick McDaid wounded as a 24-year-old, most probably by debris caused by an army bullet striking the ground or other object, in the Rossville Flats car park. Daniel Gillespie, aged 32 when he was shot and injured at Glenfada Park. He died in 2008. Pius McCarron, injured by debris sent flying by shots fired in the vicinity of Rossville Flats. A year later he suffered a brain haemorrhage.

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