Northern Ireland – just how much taxpayers’ money is being spent to bring cases against our troops?

The Mail on Sunday has reported that law firms behind a ‘witch-hunt’ probe into killings by British troops in Northern Ireland – including Bloody Sunday – are secretly receiving millions of pounds in legal aid.

Solicitors are making huge sums by bringing cases on behalf of the families of IRA members killed or jailed during the Troubles.

Two firms have received a combined total of £31 million in legal aid between 2008 and 2015.

New laws prevent more recent data being published but according to sources, these firms still receive vast sums.

Why is this information being withheld? How much legal aid these firms receive should be in the public domain. Taxpayers have a right to know how much of their money is being spent and where it is going.

Hilary Meredith