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Alban Maginness: James Nesbitt is right to raise the plight of victims who live with the Troubles' legacy on a daily basis 

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James Nesbitt is not just a successful actor who has deservedly won the affection of the public, but a great humanitarian who is not afraid to speak out and act as an advocate for the voiceless and marginalised in our society.

His empathy for the underdog was exemplified some years ago when he spoke out for the families of the Disappeared as they were campaigning for more detailed information surrounding the final resting places of their loved ones from the IRA, which had secretly buried them in the most remote parts of the Irish countryside.

Last week, Mr Nesbitt visited the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast to launch an impressive portrait exhibition of 10 victims who were very severely injured in the Troubles.

During this emotional public event, he listened with great sympathy to the harrowing experiences of victims of the Troubles, still suffering even today from physical and mental pain inflicted many years ago in the violence.

He made a heartfelt plea for the introduction by the State of special pensions to help the most seriously injured victims of the Troubles in order for them to cope with their horrendous injuries as they approach the end of their........

© Belfast Telegraph