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Catholic Gaelgeoir Traitor refused compensation by his Masters

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The following shows how welcome Irish speaking Catholics are in the Crown Forces.




Policeman Peadar Heffron denied compensation after losing leg in Antrim bomb attack



His comments come after a Catholic police officer, who lost a leg when a bomb exploded under his car as he made his way to work, was reportedly turned down for industrial injury compensation.


Northern Ireland Police Federation Chairman Terry Spence has described the outcome as an insult.

Constable Peadar Heffron was severely injured in the attack in Antrim in January 2010.


At the time he was an Irish language officer in West Belfast and the captain of the PSNI's GAA team.


It has been reported that Mr Heffron was unsuccessful in the first stage of an attempt to win compensation.


It is understood his claim was turned down because he was not on duty at the time of the attack. His lawyers are now in the process of appealing the decision.


In a statement today, the PSNI said that while this was a private matter for Constable Heffron, Chief Constable Baggott supports the position that travelling to and from work constitutes being on duty.


The Police Federation, which represents members of the PSNI, is to lobby Stormont politicians over the case, which has been adjourned for further legal representations.


Mr Spence this morning expressed his "disgust" at the decision.


Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Spence said the refusal was "a gratuitous insult" and questioned what signal it sent to "the brave men and women" of the PSNI.


He said that if necessary he was prepared to take Constable Heffron's case to the "highest court".


Mr Spence said that the PSNI accepted Mr Heffron was on duty at the time and that the Police Federation was of the view that an officer should be entitled to compensation even when they are attacked at their home.

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