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British government using grief of families as a bargaining chip – O’Neill

12 March, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said today that the British government was using the grief of families who lost loved ones during the conflict as a bargaining chip.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The British government have agreed mechanisms to deal with the legacy of the past at Stormont House in 2014 and in the Fresh Start Agreement.

“One of those agreements was to release funding to the Lord Chief Justice to proceed with legacy inquests.

“Most of the families affected by the continued delays by the British government have been waiting decades for this most basic investigation and some up to 45 years.

“Despite this James Brokenshire has continued to block the release of these funds to the Lord Chief Justice.

“He is trying to use the families of victims of the conflict as a bargaining chip in the political talks.

“That is despicable and unacceptable. 

“He should release the money immediately so that the courts can do their job and the families get the investigation they are entitled to.

“The people voted for political institutions based on equality and respect and for integrity in government. This is doable but if we are to make progress then the British government needs to implement existing agreements.”

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