Published Monday, 26 August 2013
The comments come as it was revealed that the family of Real IRA man Kieran Doherty are to be compensated after he was murdered by his own paramilitary gang.
The body of the 31-year-old was left at the roadside after he was shot dead on the Braehead Road in Londonderry in 2010.
The family have been awarded an undisclosed amount by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel - but it is thought to be in the thousands.
Tom Elliott from the Ulster Unionist Party says many people will be offended: "When you see the pittance that some relatives of people involved in no criminal or terrorist activity whatsoever get - it's that imbalance that creates the difficulty in our society."
Michael Gallagher's son Aidan died in the 1998 Omagh bombing, which the Real IRA claimed responsibility for.
He said: "It was a brutal and horrific murder that took place on this man, regardless of his background.
"But in my experience with the Omagh bomb, some of the families really struggled to get compensation.
"No matter what way you look at it, when that cheque is given, that is the value the families feel has been put on their child's life."
Speaking to UTV on behalf of the family, Kieran's uncle has defended the payment.
Vinnie Coyle said: "It wasn't the cash settlement, that didn't come into it - no-one's life should have a value.
"I know Tom Elliott is putting values and a price, but there is no price on the loss of a human life and there is no price on a mother's tears.
"No matter what part of our community we come from a loss is a loss and we need to start recognising that."
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