British Secretary of State comments represent unacceptable political interference in judicial system – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has tonight written to British Prime Minister Theresa May and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following comments by Secretary of State Karen Bradley.
Ms McDonald called on the British Secretary of State to withdraw her comments and apologise to the families who have lost loved ones at the hands of British State forces.
The Sinn Féin President said:
“I have tonight written to British Prime Minister May and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following comments made earlier by her Secretary of State.
“Karen Bradley’s comments have caused great distress to the many victims of British State forces
“In my letter I reminded Prime Minister May that these families have been denied Article Two compliant investigations, inquests have been stalled and information withheld. They have been forced to take court cases to vindicate their basic rights and still face ongoing cover ups.
“The British Secretary of State should immediately withdraw her comments and apologise to these families. These comments can only be construed as political interference in the judicial system which is unacceptable.
“At Stormont House, the two governments and the parties agreed a process and institutions to deal with the issues of the past. To date the British government has refused to honour this agreement.
“It is now imperative that the British government honour the Stormont House agreement including establishing its institutions and respecting the rights of all victims.”