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All victims of abuse during the conflict must be supported – Adams

24 November, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said today that Sinn Féin remains committed to providing support and access to the justice system for all victims who suffered abuse during the conflict.

Speaking today Gerry Adams said:

“Throughout the period of the conflict, victims of abuse were failed by the state, by the RUC and on occasion armed groups including the IRA.  All victims of abuse must have equal access to support and justice.

It is essential that victims of abuse who did not, or were not able to access services and justice at the time of conflict are able to do so now. 

Sinn Féin has proposed a victim-centred approach to this matter, an approach that will provide support to victims and access to the justice system.

A number of weeks ago Martin McGuinness outlined the details of such a proposition on the floor of the Assembly.  He has written twice to An Taoiseach and has yet to receive a substantial reply. 

The Irish government has instead set aside the needs of all victims, opted to brief the media and pursue a selective party political approach to dealing with the issue of abuse. 

They have adopted a Micheal Martin proposal, which is not about delivering justice or support for all survivors of abuse.  

Sinn Féin is committed to a process which will support all victims regardless of whether they were failed by republicans, the RUC, the state or loyalists.

“I will continue to call on people to come forward to the authorities if they have any information regarding any incidence of child abuse. I will ensure that any such information received is passed on to the relevant authorities.” 

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