30/05/2019

Fresh Call For Action On Abuse Compensation

Sinn Fein have issued a fresh call for the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to implement a redress system for victims of historical institutional abuse.

Michelle O'Neill led a party delegation yesterday, Wednesday 29 May, to meet with Karen Bradley. The Conservative politician has faced claims she was using abuse victims as "political pawns" after submitting the issue to the Stormont talks process.

Victims have been awaiting compensation payments of up to £10,000 since the Hart Inquiry concluded in 2017.

Following yesterday's meeting, Michelle O'Neill said there was "no excuse for any further stalling".

"In today's meeting with Karen Bradley I called again for the British government to bring forward legislation as soon as possible to provide redress for the victims of historical institutional abuse.
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"Karen Bradley should now immediately put in place the required legal and financial framework to assist victims and survivors."

The Sinn Féin delegation also raised the issue of the legacy of the past. Michelle O'Neill added: "Full implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House and the legislation underpinning them are absolutely fundamental in dealing with the legacy of the conflict.

"Any further delays or stalling from the British Government will only serve to undermine public confidence in the consultation, undermine the policy intent of the Stormont House Agreement and more worryingly further disappoint and alienate victims.

"We also told Karen Bradley that no one can be above the law and there can be no amnesty or statute of limitations for British soldiers who broke the law or killed Irish citizens."



(JG/CM)

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