McGuinness seeks Taoiseach meeting on support for sexual abuse victims of conflict
The North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has sent a letter to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to request a meeting to discuss his proposal for an all-Ireland approach to support victims of sexual abuse during the conflict.
McGuinness said he was encouraged by the Taoiseach’s welcome for his proposal during yesterday’s Dáil debate.
“At the beginning of November I wrote to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the need to develop an all-Ireland approach to support victims of sexual abuse during the conflict.
“There is a pressing need to ensure those victims of abuse who were failed by state agencies or others or who did not access state agencies during the conflict, can now find support and justice.
“I have suggested this could and should be supported by existing agencies and bodies co-ordinated and resourced through the North South Ministerial Council.
“I note that the Taoiseach welcomed this intervention on the floor of the Dáil during a five-hour debate yesterday.
“There is a need to move beyond comment on this matter and to introduce a mechanism to address the needs of victims.
“Today I wrote again to An Taoiseach seeking an urgent meeting to address these proposals and to put in place a mechanism which supports victims, safeguards the community and delivers justice.
“I hope that An Taoiseach will treat this matter with the urgency that it requires.”