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McGuinness calls on Taoiseach to engage on cases of abuse

2 March, 2015 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to engage on proposals for an all-island process to address the legacy of the handling of cases of abuse during the conflict.

Martin McGuinness said:

“I wrote to the Taoiseach last November with proposals for a process to assist victims who suffered abuse during the conflict. I have written on two further occasions and have yet to receive a substantive reply.

“It has been fully acknowledged that many victims of abuse across the community were let down by the RUC, by the judiciary, by social services and on occasion by republicans.

“This was an injustice that needs to be put right for all victims.

“In November I first wrote to An Taoiseach to propose the establishment, through the North South Ministerial Council, of an all-island process to support victims of abuse in all communities. This was to ensure greater access to counselling and other supports for victims and to facilitate victims and survivors in accessing the justice system and making official complaints.

“When I failed to receive any substantive reply I wrote again on two other occasions and raised the matter directly with the Taoiseach.

“I have yet to receive a satisfactory reply to the proposals or even a detailed response or discussion on how to proceed on this matter.

“The lack of engagement by the Taoiseach on these proposals and his comments in the media and in the Dáil calls into question his commitment to establish a process which genuinely meets the needs of all victims.

“Addressing the needs of victims of abuse should be above party politics. I urge the Taoiseach to move beyond commentary and to work with all of us to develop processes which place the needs of victims first.”

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