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Sinn Féin welcome re-opening of applications for Victims Commissioner

8 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Victims and Truth, Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has welcomed the joint statement from the First Minister and deputy First Minister on the way forward in the appointment of the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors.

Mr Molloy said:

"It is crucial that we get this appointment right. We need to ensure that whoever is appointed to take the position of Commissioner for Victims and Survivors is the right person.

"I think that most people will recognise that we are now in an new political climate and that re-advertising this post will now potentially attract many more applicants.

"No-one needs reminding of the damage done by the appointment of the previous commissioner by Peter Hain and how it was seen by many to set this issue backwards.

"I very much welcome the commitment to deliver by Christmas. I also welcome the commitment not to play politics with this appointment." ENDS

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