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There can be no hierarchy of victims - Kearney

10 April, 2015

Sinn Féin chair Declan Kearney has described the  DUP's decision to reduce the needs of victims to post-election bartering as shabby and demeaning.

“It is time the DUP and others realised there is no hierarchy of victims. 

“All sides have lost and suffered, and no distinction should be drawn between the needs of victims and survivors in our society.

“The DUP should focus on implementing the Stormont House Agreement which has comprehensive mechanisms for dealing with the past rather than using this sensitive issue for electoral purposes.

“It is ironic that the DUP wish to impose their definition in Scotland, Wales and England where they have no mandate.

“This DUP idea is a complete distraction. It would be more sensible for the party to make election commitments aimed recovering the £1.5bn that has already been taken from the block grant through Tory cuts and to seek an increased public expenditure settlement for the North.

“They should then work with the rest of us to deliver the resources to support the services which all victims and survivors will benefit from.”

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