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Irish government should put pressure on British government over legacy - Kelly

8 December, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly MLA has called on the Irish government to bring pressure to bear on the British government on its responsibilities to address the legacy of the conflict. 

Speaking in response to a statement from the Irish government Gerry Kelly said: 

"At a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg the Irish government discussed the need to address the legacy of the conflict here and, in particular, raised the case of the murder of Pat Finucane. 

"I welcome the fact that the Irish government has restated its commitment to support an inquiry into the Pat Finucane murder. 

"Sinn Féin has tried on eleven occasions this year to engage the British government in a serious negotiation on dealing with the legacy of the past but they have refused, just as they have refused to release funding for legacy inquests, as requested by the Lord Chief Justice. 

"We want to see the implementation of the mechanisms set out in the Stormont House Agreement in a human rights compliant manner but that requires a step-change from the British government. 

"The Irish government now has a role to play in putting pressure on the British government to fulfil its responsibilities and international obligations on addressing the legacy of the past."

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