Bringing to justice the killers of Robert McCartney in the British-ruled province of Northern Ireland could receive European Union financial aid for victims of terrorism. The Catholic father of two was stabbed dead in January outside a Belfast pub after a dispute with a group that included Irish Republican Army members. Nobody has been arrested for the murder. McCartney’s loved ones are campaigning to open a civil case. It brought two of his sistersthem to Strasbourg:
“Over the past months, we have met representatives of all political groups of the parliament, and today’s vote is remarkable. It is incredible to believe that representatives of people across all Europe so strongly support our campaign for justice, thank you.”
Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of asking the European Commission to provide financial support to the McCartney family.
The motion won 555 votes.
There were four against.
The 48 abstentions included two members of the IRA’s political ally Sinn Fein.
MEPs hoped the move would help break the wall of silence surrounding the murder.