Victims should not be punished by DUP decision to collapse talks – Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today the British government has a responsibility to release funding for legacy inquests and begin the consultation on the legacy structures agreed at Stormont House.
The north Belfast MLA said:
“Despite the fact that the DUP Leadership collapsed the talks to restore the political institutions victims and survivors of the conflict should not be punished by their failure to close an agreement.
“The British government has a responsibility to start the consultation on the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House more than three years ago.
“They should furthermore release the money requested by the Lord Chief Justice to deal with the backlog of legacy inquests.
“This issue should not be allowed to remain a political football as the role of the Lord Chief Justice is simply about running the courts in the interests of all.
“It is unacceptable that some families have waited more than four decades for this most basic of human rights and the British government should move immediately to bring their suffering to an end.”