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“Taoiseach must act now to restore funding to Justice for the Forgotten” – Ó Caoláin

21 July, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Taoiseach Brian Cowen to intervene immediately to have funding restored to Justice for the Forgotten. He said:

“People have heard with sadness and anger the announcement today by Justice for the Forgotten and by Miami Showband massacre survivor Stephen Travers that all efforts by Justice for the Forgotten to secure either the restoration of Irish Government funding or new funding have so far failed and that the work of the group will have to be wound up.

“The Taoiseach Brian Cowen must now intervene directly and restore funding to this group, the only representative body for the survivors and bereaved of the conflict in the 26 Counties. It is shameful that their funding was terminated in the first place, especially given the fact that similar groups continue to be funded in the Six Counties.

“I have repeatedly raised with the Taoiseach in the Dáil the need for the restoration of funding to Justice for the Forgotten. I have also raised the need for him to fulfil his all-party mandate from the Dáil of 10 July 2008 to demand from the British government that they disclose all information in their possession to an international inquiry on collusion.

“The work of Justice for the Forgotten must be allowed to continue and it is up to the Taoiseach to ensure that it does.” ENDS

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