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O’Neill calls for joint sitting of Health and Justice Committee’s to discuss Donagh case

16 September, 2010 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin deputy Chair of the Health Committee Michelle O’Neill MLA has proposed at today’s Committee meeting that a joint sitting of the Health and Justice Committees takes place to discuss outstanding questions around the return of the McDermott Brothers to the village of Donagh.

Speaking from the Assembly this afternoon Ms O’Neill said;

“I proposed the joint sitting after it was revealed at today’s meeting that the Lord Chief Justice had written to the Justice Minister David Ford seeking to clarify the position around the judgement in relation to the McDermott brothers and their allowing their return to Donagh.

A number of serious questions around the judgement in this case remain unanswered, even after several weeks of two scrutiny committees, Health and Justice, having sought answers on behalf of the victims and survivors.

The Chairs and deputy Chairs of both Committee’s will be coming together to discuss this matter. We must ensure that the victims and survivors of abuse in Donagh are central to all of this and that we learn the lessons in order to prevent a repeat of this type of incident in the future.” CRÍOCH

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