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Legacy funds should not be subject of political veto – O'Neill

15 March, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said the British government should stop being a blocking mechanism and release the money for legacy inquests immediately.

Speaking at a protest with the Ballymurphy and McGurk’s Massacre families Michelle O’Neill said:

“I am pleased to stand in solidarity with these families today but they shouldn't have to be here, campaigning for a basic human right.

“They have suffered the grievous loss of their loved ones killed by the British state in Ballymurphy 45 years ago and in the loyalist McGurk’s Bar bombing.

“James Brokenshire and the British government need to stop hiding behind the issue of national security. 

“These families have the right to an inquest. It should not be subject to a political veto.

“The British government needs to stop being a blocking mechanism. They need to deliver for these families.

“James Brokenshire and the British government should stop using these families and others as a bargaining chip.

“He should release the funds immediately to the Lord Chief Justice to proceed with these inquests as he and his government agreed to do.”

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