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Sinn Féin meet Victims’ Commissioner on legacy issues

11 February, 2019 - by Linda Dillon

Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said there can be no further delays to the implementation of the legacy structures. 

The party’s Victims and Legacy spokesperson was speaking after meeting today with the Victims’ Commissioner. 

Linda Dillon said:

“Sinn Féin met the Victims’ Commissioner this morning on a number of legacy issues.

“We raised concern over the delay in the British government reporting on the recent consultation which closed in October on the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House.

“We also expressed our concerns of the impact on victims who responded to the consultation in good faith only to be subjected to further delaying tactics by the British government.

“It is clear there should be no more delays to the implementation of those legacy structures.

“The British government’s approach to the legacy mechanisms, including failure to fund the Lord Chief Justice’s five-year plan on legacy inquests, is not instilling any confidence among victims and families that the government is serious about dealing with the legacy issues.

“We also raised the issue of payments to all those injured as a result of the conflict.

“The British Secretary of State needs to deal with this alongside the other legacy structures. It is vitally important to allow those people injured to be afforded dignity, quality of life and independence.” 

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