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British government is mocking victims’ families ­– Kearney

13 November, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney today described comments by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire on the issue of the past as ‘despicable’ and said one year on from the Fresh Start Agreement that the British Government is mocking victims’ families. 

Sinn Féin’s National Chairperson said:

“Just a few days ago the British Secretary of State in the north, James Brokenshire said it will not be ‘rushing to artificial deadlines and timescales’ to deal with the past.

“His remarks are despicable.

“Add to that the revelation this week that a British army file into the McGurk’s Bar bombing by state agents forty five years ago is being kept secret until January 2056!

“There is only one conclusion to be drawn... the British government is mocking victims’ families and the silence of the Irish government on this issue is deafening.”

And the South Antrim MLA said it was a political scandal that the British government is playing for time on the issue.

“As more time passes family members are beginning to die. Important witness evidence is being lost.

“The British government is playing for time and that is a political scandal: in human terms another generation is being denied closure.

“The Lord Chief Justice’s proposals on funding legacy inquests are a roadmap to find a solution for many families.

“All the political parties in the north, civil and human rights advocates and campaigners, and the Irish government should be working together to bring pressure to bear upon the British government to release these funds, and to meet its obligations.

“The families deserve no less.”

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