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Inquiry into sexual abuse must not be limited to single community - McCartney

5 November, 2014 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said any inquiry into sexual abuse must not be limited to any single community. 

Speaking after the Assembly's Justice Committee voted in favour of an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse involving republicans, Mr McCartney said; 

"Sinn Féin is committed to an inquiry into sexual abuse and to full disclosure. 

"Such an inquiry should be open and should look at all aspects of society, not individual cases. 

"However, this inquiry, proposed by the DUP, is too narrow and prescriptive and is designed solely to focus on republicans. 

"Abuse is not confined to a single community. It exists in every element of society and that must be reflected in any inquiry. 

"That is why we tabled a counter proposal to establish an inquiry with a broad scope to look at abuse in all communities. 

"What we saw today was an inquiry which has nothing to do with the needs of victims but is clearly politically motivated against Sinn Féin and the republican community. 

"It is also bad practice to agree to an inquiry without having the terms of reference in place."

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