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There should be no further delays on inquest funding – O’Neill

29 August, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said there should be no further delay in releasing funding requested by the Lord Chief Justice for legacy inquests.

This follows confirmation that the Department of Justice has submitted the business case for the legacy funding to the Department of Finance. 

The party’s vice-president said:

“The Department of Justice has now submitted the business case for the funding requested by the Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan for legacy inquests. 

“It is well over two years since the Lord Chief Justice forwarded his proposals to clear the backlog of outstanding legacy cases.

“Some families have been waiting almost 50 years for the basic right to a proper inquest to get the truth about the killing of their loved ones. 

“Lord Justice Girvan ruled this year that Arlene Foster acted unlawfully in blocking funding for the Lord Chief Justice’s plan.

“The British government has continued to drag its feet on the funding since then. 

“But there should now be no further delays.

“The British Government must acknowledge their international obligations re Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and immediately resource the Lord Chief Justice’s five-year plan to clear the backlog in legacy inquests. Too many families have waited too long for truth and justice.”

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