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O'Neill seeking progress on Legacy inquests

1 June, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has called on the Department of Justice to provide an update on its plans to progress Legacy Inquests following the High Court judgement that the delay in holding them was unlawful.

Michelle O’Neill commented: “It is now almost three months since the court ordered the British Secretary of State, the Executive Office and the Department of Justice to reconsider the refusal to provide the required funding and to take steps to ensure that legacy inquests take place. 

“The court ruled that the funding requested by the Lord Chief Justice was unlawfully blocked by then First Minister Arlene Foster. 

“In that context, there is an onus on the British Secretary of State to immediately release the resources and Sinn Féin will continue to press Karen Bradley to do so.

“However, there is also a responsibility on the Department of Justice to progress its work and I have written to the Permanent Secretary asking him to detail what stage this is at and when the business case and financial bid will be submitted to British Treasury. 

“Families have already been waiting far too long for answers - some of them almost half a century - so this work must be prioritised as a matter of absolute urgency.”

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