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‘Health Minister to present abuse inquiry options’ - Anderson

9 March, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

The Executive will soon be presented with an options paper exploring the possibility of establishing an inquiry into historical child abuse here.

Sinn Féin Equality and Human Rights Spokesperson, Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) said the possibility of establishing a Ryan Report-style inquiry here had moved a step closer following an Assembly debate last year.

Martina Anderson said:

“In November the assembly passed a motion calling for the full extent of abuse and neglect in institutions in the Six Counties to be investigated.

“I wrote to the Health Minister recently asking what steps his Department had taken towards establishing an inquiry into child abuse in light of the Assembly motion.  

“He has now confirmed that – following consultation with other Departments and Ministers - his officials are finalising an options paper which will be presented to the Executive.

 “I welcome the fact that the Minister has continued to work on this issue and I look forward to seeing the proposals when they are completed.

“Those who were abused in state or church institutions deserve justice for the horrors they were forced to endure and the Assembly and Executive should do everything possible to ensure that they receive justice.”

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