McGuinness talks to An Taoiseach on need for all-Ireland approach to supporting victims of abuse
The North’s deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA today spoke to the Taoiseach at the meeting of the British Irish Council in the Isle of Man, on the need for an all-Ireland approach to supporting victims of abuse to access supports and justice.
Speaking after the meeting Martin McGuinness said,
“Throughout the course of the conflict many victims of abuse did not trust, or were failed by the RUC and justice system. Some of these sought to have the matter dealt with by armed republican and loyalist groups. Many victims of abuse did not have access to supports or the justice system. That wrong needs to be put right.
“I have written twice to the Taoiseach on this matter and today I raised the matter directly with him. I have proposed measures, which will provide and encourage victims to access supports and for those with information regarding abuse to pass it on to the relevant authorities for investigation by an Gardaí and PSNI.
“Any process must be respect the primacy of the due process of the legal system and the ongoing reviews. I believe this could be progressed through the North South Ministerial Council.
“All victims of abuse must be treated equally and with respect as we all seek to address the failures of the past.
“I will continue to work with An Taoiseach to develop and agree proposals to meet the needs of all victims of abuse during the course of the conflict.”