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British government must fund legacy inquests - Kelly

5 September, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has the British government must provide funding for legacy inquests into conflict related deaths. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"I share the Lord Chief Justice's frustrations on the lack of progress on his plans to clear legacy inquests. 

"There is also deep frustration and anger among relatives, some of whom have waited more than four decades to find out exactly what happened to their loved ones. 

"The Lord Chief Justice came up with a five year plan to clear the backlog in legacy inquests and Sinn Féin fully supported that plan. 

"It is the British government who is holding it up by withholding funding and in doing so they are adding to the pain and distress felt by relatives. 

"The British government have a responsibility to properly resource and co-operate with these legacy inquests under its obligations around Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

"It now needs to step up to the plate and provide adequate funding so that these grieving families can get access to the truth of what happened to their loved ones." 

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