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Support for ‘Ryan Report’ style investigation in the North – Sue Ramsey

29 October, 2009 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Assembly’s Health, Social Services and Public Safety Committee Sue Ramsey has supported the calls from those victims of abuse in Catholic and State run institutions in the Six Counties, for a ‘Ryan Report’ style investigation into abuse here in the Six Counties.

Speaking this evening Ms Ramsey said;

“Hundreds of victims of child abuse in both Catholic and State run institutions in the North are calling for a full inquiry into the abuse and mistreatment that they suffered while in these institutions; our party fully supports that call.

The Ryan Report in the 26 Counties exposed a regime of fear that ruled on the dark side of Irish society for most of the 20th century. Because of the courage of the survivors in speaking out we have known for a long time of the horror of what went on in these institutions. Victims in the North deserve to have their abuse and mistreatment acknowledged; there needs to be full accountability and restitution from the religious orders. They need to fully accept their moral obligation to the victims.

There needs to be a national approach taken between the Health Departments bothqa north and south, in providing the necessary support services for victims, particularly in the border counties.”CRÍOCH

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