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‘Inquest funding must be followed by Legacy bodies’ - Dillon

1 March, 2019 - by Linda Dillon

The legacy bodies agreed at Stormont House must be established now that Inquest funding is finally in place, Sinn Féin Victims spokesperson Linda Dillon MLA has said.

The Mid-Ulster MLA commented: “The belated move by the British Government to finally fund Legacy Inquests is welcome by many right across our community but it must be followed by the establishment of all the other Legacy mechanisms so that families can have access to a proper investigation and truth and justice.

“Unfortunately, we are still awaiting the report on the consultation process that was carried out on the draft Legacy legislation. There were over 16000 responses to the consultation so there can be no doubting that this is a huge issue for our entire community.

“There can be no doubt that we need all legacy issues to be dealt with as agreed by all the parties in the Stormont House Agreement. We also need the issue of a pension for all those severely injured to be resolved. I have had a number of engagements with those who have suffered as a result of our conflict including, on a number of occasions, with the Victims Forum. This is a very diverse group who are clear in calling for the implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House.

“These mechanisms provide for legacy Investigations to be removed from the PSNI into a Historical Investigations Unit and this would be a positive move.

“No family should have to wait any longer for truth and justice about the death of their loved ones. No injured person should be deprived of a pension that will allow them to be cared for and have dignity in their lives. And no-one suffering from mental trauma should be trying to cope without adequate support services being in place.”

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