MPs and Lords sought deal with Gaddafi for IRA victimsBy Fiona O’Cleirigh | 2 August 2011 | 2 Related pieces
Gaddafi’s explosives didn’t just destroy lives, but also property, town centres and city centres
Jeffrey Donaldson, Democratic Unionist MP
Britain was nearing a deal with Libya over its supply of explosives to the IRA before the country became mired in civil war this year.
A parliamentary delegation to Tripoli, Libya’s capital, in 2009 made progress in securing compensation for 160 victims of the Provisional IRA, which received arms from Libya.
Jeffrey Donaldson, Democratic Unionist MP, who was one of the delegates, said: “The deal was progressing towards a conclusion. Principles were being agreed. The shape of the package was being discussed but precise figures had not been agreed.”