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McLellan pays tribute to survivors of residential institutions

9 May, 2012


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Tourism, Arts, Heritage and Sport today paid tribute to the survivors of residential institutions and stated that this issue would never have reached the light of day only for their campaigning for justice.

Speaking during today’s Dáil debate on the controversial Statutory Trust Fund Deputy McLellan said:

“Unfortunately the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill has serious shortfalls. Many people held out great hope that the new government of Fine Gael and Labour would listen and act in the survivors’ best interests. But unfortunately that does not appear to be the case.”

“We must ensure that the compensation available must be expanded to include children and grandchildren of survivors, for many have themselves suffered because of the abuse visited upon their fathers, mothers and grandparents. They themselves have had to live with and endure pain and suffering for crimes committed against their loved ones and deserve adequate compensation.”

“I would appeal to the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, redraft the bill and to ensure that the bill is made more inclusive, more robust and accessible for the very people that it is meant to support.”
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