Twin brothers whose lives have been destroyed by the contaminated blood scandal have welcomed the £1m payment from Stormont.

However, Nigel and Simon Hamilton insist that much more needs to be done to ensure that victims in Northern Ireland are treated the same as those in the rest of the UK.

“It’s not merely the money, it’s the principle,” Nigel Hamilton said.

“We have human rights like other victims throughout the UK, our human rights weren’t being recognised, they were treating us like second class victims and that’s not acceptable.”

The twin brothers, who are haemophiliac, both contracted hepatitis C from infected blood products.

They gave evidence to the UK-wide infected blood public inquiry in Belfast last year, which has vowed to find out how so many thousands of people were infected with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s.

The probe is still underway.

Stormont has reallocated £1m to people here affected by the polluted blood scandal, which means each victim could receive between £4,000 to £8,000.

While the move has been welcomed by the brothers, they believe there is still a long way to go to close the payment gap between victims here and in England.

Simon Hamilton asked: “How do you put a price on justice?”

Health Minister Robin Swann has said he hopes the interim payments will go some way to alleviate the victims' hurt and financial hardship.

Meanwhile, Nigel and Simon Hamilton say they want to meet with the First and deputy First Ministers to press their case.