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Scrapping of Human Rights Act by PM May happening under our noses – Funchion

31 August, 2016 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion, Chair of the Good Friday Agreement Committee has said she is shocked that the Irish Government has failed to respond to the British Government’s proposal to unilaterally end the Human Rights act that gives effect to the European Convention on Human Rights. The Convention and subsequent Act are central elements of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA).

Kathleen Funchion TD said,

“The Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, is on record as stating that she fully intends to deliver the Conservative manifesto pledge to end the European Human Rights Act.  As applied to the North of Ireland, the Human Rights Act provides essential safeguards and is a central element of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Any move to end the Act would be a unilateral contravention of the Good Friday Agreement. The Irish Government must, as a matter of urgency, make clear to the British Government that it will not countenance the British government’s attempts to walk away from their commitments under the Agreement.

“The Irish Government cannot be silent on this issue. As co-equal guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement they must act to safeguard the agreements.”

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