26/02/2018

Hundreds March To City Hall Calling For Action On Legacy Issues

Up to 1,000 people marched through Belfast city centre on Sunday 25 February, calling for political action to deal with Northern Ireland's legacy issues.

It is understood that campaigners joined the 'Time for Truth' march from across the city to converge on City Hall, with many of the marchers carrying images of loved ones lost to violence.

The campaigners are calling for a commitment from the NI Executive and UK Government to deal with a backlog of legacy issues.

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on the British government to release funding for legacy inquests and begin the consultation on the legacy structures agreed at Stormont House.

The north Belfast MLA was speaking after thousands of people attended the 'Time for Truth'.
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Mr Kelly said: "Today thousands of people stood in support of the families and victims, some of whom have been waiting over forty five years for truth and justice.

"This issue is not going away.

"The British government have a responsibility to start the consultation on the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House more than three years ago and release the money necessary to the Lord Chief Justice to deal with the backlog of legacy inquests. After all the Lord Chief Justice stands outside of politics and is tasked simply with running the courts.

"It is unacceptable that some families have waited more than four decades for this most basic of human rights, the British government should move immediately to bring their suffering to an end."

(MH/LM)

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