The government is not expected to appeal against a European Court of Human Rights judgment that ordered it to pay €226,000 in compensation to 19 dockyard workers poisoned by asbestos.

The ECHR found last July that the government “knew or ought to have known of the dangers arising from exposure to asbestos at least as from the early 1970s”.

A decision delivered by seven judges, including former chief justice Vincent DeGaetano, said the former workers, whose rights to life and respect for private and family life were violated, should be compensated.

The government has three months to file an appeal before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

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