Justice for Forgotten funding should be reinstated
Sinn Féin spokesperson on victims issues Francie Molloy has said that it is important that money is found in order to keep the ‘Justice for the Forgotten’ group operational. The group comprises of victims families and survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.
Mr Molloy said:
“The ‘Justice for the Forgotten’ group have had their funding from the Irish Government removed and face being wound down by the end of the month. In the context of the Irish government bail out for the banks the sum of 145,000 Euro is miniscule.
“Also the legislation in the north recognises victims and survivors regardless of which jurisdiction in which they reside. This group provides a valuable service to those victims and survivors of conflict who now live in the south. Victims regardless of were they reside are entitled to support.
“Sinn Féin have been in regular contact with the group and they have met with the Deputy First Minister as we sought to ensure the support to all victims and survivors. To date the First Minister has refused to even meet with the group
“Efforts to secure money from victims funding streams in the six counties were blocked by the DUP. This was disgraceful and the DUP need to explain publicly why they are so opposed to a group set up to campaign for the truth around UVF bombings. A group that provides support to those injured or bereaved from throughout Ireland
“There is an obligation on all groups under the Good Friday Agreement to recognise and assist victims of the conflict.
“Time is now short to keep the Dublin office up and running. What is required now is for the Irish government and the DUP to recognise the work being undertaken by this group and urgently reassess the decision block funding.” ENDS