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British government must release funding for legacy inquests - Kearney

8 November, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said the British government must release funding for legacy inquests in the Coroners' Courts.

Mr Kearney said; 

"There are now 56 legacy cases relating to 97 deaths representing citizens from both unionist and nationalist backgrounds; including groups such as the Ballymurphy massacre and Kelly’s Bar families.

"The Lord Chief Justice proposed to fast track these cases and has requested funding. However, the British government is continuing to fail victims and their families by blocking this proposal by refusing to release these funds using 'national security' as a smokescreen. 

"The stance adopted by the British government is an absolute disgrace.

"That is why more than 30 families from both nationalist and unionist backgrounds are now taking legal action against the British government’s refusal to meet its human rights obligations.

"It is offensive to human and democratic rights that these families must go to court to secure access to legacy inquests.

"We should unite in bringing pressure to bear upon the British government to release these funds and to meet its obligations on dealing with the past." 

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