Governments urged to implement Stormont House Protocols on the Past – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has warned that today’s meeting between An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British Prime Minister David Cameron “will be meaningless for victims and especially those who died as a consequence of collusion, unless it goes beyond the normal tick-boxing exercise by the two governments”.
The Sinn Féin leader said:
“The Taoiseach should be a champion of this agreement and particularly those elements which are within the authority of the governments to move ahead with the implementation of those elements of the Stormont House Agreement that deal with the past and legacy issues. They have the authority to advance many of the protocols dealing with the past.”
“Recent documentaries, including one on RTE, have again highlighted the shameful role of the British state, from its highest political level, in the planning, ordering, and sanctioning of state murder on a massive scale, including against citizens in this state.
“Successive Irish governments have failed to uphold the rights of hundreds of Irish citizens who were killed; or the thousands more who were injured, imprisoned or tortured, as a consequence of British policy in Ireland. The most obvious examples of this are the 33 victims of the Dublin Monaghan bombs and the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.
“The Taoiseach and others in government claim to regularly raise these matters with the British government but make no progress. The government has also failed to develop a coherent political strategy, using the significant diplomatic services available to it and linking up with our political allies around the world, to encourage the British government to fulfil its obligations on this crucial issue.
“This is a mistake.
“I have raised this issue with the Taoiseach twice this week in the Dáil. I urged him to meet with Relatives for Justice.
“The Taoiseach should be a champion of this agreement and particularly those elements which are within the authority of the governments.
“As a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements he has a responsibility to press the British government to move ahead with the implementation of those elements of the Stormont House Agreement that deal with the past and legacy issues. They have the authority to advance many of the protocols dealing with the past.
“These include: the establishment of the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU); putting in place processes that are victim centred; improving Legacy inquests to ensure that they are conducted to comply with ECHR Article 2 requirements; ensuring that both governments provide full disclosure to the HIU; and establish the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR). The Taoiseach should press Mr. Cameron to implement all other elements of the Stormont House Agreement that are the responsibility of the two governments.
“In this way the bereaved families and victims will have access to mechanisms that can help to bring truth and justice and closure.”