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Sinn Féin welcome Police Ombudsman move – Linda Dillon MLA

26 July, 2017 - by Linda Dillon

The ending of a moratorium on the PSNI sharing ‘sensitive’ information with the Police Ombudsman's office has been welcomed by Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon.

The Sinn Féin Victims Spokesperson said the moratorium, which has been in place since April, has hampered the Ombudsman’s ability to carry out investigations.

The Mid Ulster MLA said: 

"While the lifting of the suspension will undoubtedly assist in expediting the completion of outstanding historical investigations, another key barrier remains the lack of adequate resources. 

“Within the past fortnight, the Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire has publicly addressed this issue and it remains a serious concern for affected families awaiting the outcome of these investigations. 

“Indeed, the commencement of some legacy inquests is also dependent on the completion of related investigations.”

“Sinn Féin consistently argued for the release of legacy funding during the recent negotiations with the British Government and we will continue to highlight the need for this to happen in order to facilitate prompt and effective legacy investigations and inquests.

“If the British Government are to meet their legal obligations, then they should release these funds immediately.”

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