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Kelly calls on British government to end delays in implementing legacy commitments

25 January, 2019 - by Gerry Kelly

Speaking after a meeting with the NIO this morning on continued delays in funding legacy inquests and implementing the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House in 2014 Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly said:

“Sinn Féin met the NIO this morning on a number of legacy issues.

“We asked about the response to the recent consultation which closed in October on the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House in 2014.

“We made it clear that there should be no further delays to the implementation of those legacy structures. 

“Families have been denied truth and justice for decades and that is unacceptable.

“We pressed them on the time frame for implementation and they have said that they would have the last batch of 17,000 submissions analysed within weeks.

“We also raised the issue of the continued delay in releasing funding to the Lord Chief for legacy inquests.

“Eleven months after the courts ruled that it was unlawful for Arlene Foster to block that funding.

“We pressed for adequate resources for the Ombudsman’s Office to clear the backlog of over 400 legacy investigations.”

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