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Sinn Féin supports abuse victims call for inquiry in the north

2 November, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle Martina Anderson has supported today’s call by victims of institutional abuse in the north for a full inquiry into what took place.

The call comes after many victims representatives submitted a petition calling for an inquiry to MLA’s at Stormont this morning.

Speaking ahead of a debate in the Assembly on this issue this afternoon Ms Anderson said;

“I fully support the call for an inquiry into the abuse that took place in State and Church run institutions.

I have had the very humbling privilege of working with many of the victims who’s dignity and strength continues to inspire us to plough ahead with this important task.

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, it has been Ireland’s greatest shame.

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 both north and south, in providing the necessary support services for victims, particularly in the border counties.” CRÍOCH

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