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Assembly must work to ensure equality for all victims - Gerry Kelly

14 September, 2009 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin north Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has today said that all victims of the conflict deserve the necessary respect and consideration from the Assembly.

Mr Kelly was speaking as his party made clear they would oppose a DUP motion, calling for compensation from the Libyan Government for victims of the IRA. Sinn Féin has repeatedly made it clear that there can be no hierarchy of victims

Speaking from the Assembly this afternoon Mr Kelly said;
“Sinn Féin would certainly support compensation for all victims.
Some victims were killed directly by British agents, others by their surrogates.
British state forces have also killed or injured many citizens.
British intelligence agencies have armed unionist paramilitaries, including Ulster Resistance, which was established by the DUP. We also acknowledge and recognize the victims of the IRA.
Today’s motion fails to recognise these many facts and instead chooses to focus in on a singular section of victims.

As a result of this Sinn Féin submitted an amendment to the DUP motion seeking equality for all victims of the conflict, the Speaker’s Office refused to select that amendment. I have no doubt questions will be asked of why it failed to be selected over the coming days.

Sinn Féin has made it clear that there can be no hierarchy of victims and while we acknowledge the hurt and pain of those victims of the IRA, we must also see the necessary respect and recognition from the DUP for all of the victims of the conflict in equal measure.” CRÍOCH

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