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Independent Commission on Information Retrieval, as proposed under Stormont House Agreement, must be enacted - Gerry Adams TD

11 December, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval, as proposed under the Stormont House Agreement, must be enacted.

Speaking today, Deputy Adams said;

"Over the past two weeks Micheál Martin has sought to use the issue of victims for despicable and opportunistic attacks on my efforts to help the Stack Family to get acknowledgement and a degree of closure on the murder of their father. It is clear this is all about politics not victims.

"The Taoiseach and a succession of government ministers have followed the lead of the Fianna Fáil leader.

"In doing so, they have turned their back on principles of information retrieval and of helping victims, that the Irish government signed up to December 2014 in the Stormont House Agreement.

"The Stormont House Agreement proposes the establishment of an Independent Commission on Information Retrieval which will cover both jurisdictions on this island and deal with all conflict related deaths. 

"The core of this proposal is based on confidentiality and trust and it agrees that any information it receives will not be disclosed to law enforcement and intelligence agencies and the information will be inadmissible in criminal and civil proceedings. 

"As part of this process the governments, drafted and published an international agreement to establish the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval. This was laid jointly in the houses of the Oireachtas and Westminster in January of this year. 

"However, it has not yet commenced as the British Government continue to seek to exercise a national security veto regarding separate judicial processes.

"What would be the prospect for the success of this process if I or others who engage in confidential and agreed processes of truth recovery reneged? Why should those, from any of the combatant groups, agree to come forward if confidentiality does not mean what it says?

"The hundreds of families who still seek acknowledgement and truth would be left with nothing.

"The Fianna Fáil leader and the Taoiseach and his Ministers want to play fast and loose with this. I refuse to. 

"This important agreement, which has the support of victim’s groups, has yet to be enacted as the British government are still seeking to use a national security veto regarding the judicial pathway. The provision of the information retrieval route has been agreed and now needs enacted.”

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