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Anderson welcomes publication of HIAI report

20 January, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the publication of the report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"I welcome the publication today of the report from Historical Institutional Abuse Investigation. 

"Victims and survivors of abuse and their families have waited too long for this report to acknowledge the horrendous hurt and wrong which was done to them. 

"I took the lead in instigating the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry when I was Junior Minister in the then Offie of First and deputy First Minster in 2012

"I did so against the advice of civil servants and because it was the right thing to do for victims. 

"I want to pay tribute to the courage and determination of all those victims and survivors who came forward and shared their harrowing stories. 

"What they need now is the full implementation of all of the recommendations of the panel in a manner that addresses the needs of victims and survivors, and that includes an onus on the PSNI to carry out a full and thorough investigation. 

"Today victims and survivors received confirmation of what they knew along; that the state failed to protect them as vulnerable children and they deserve and are entitled to an apology for that."

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