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British Government must honour its Stormont House Agreement commitments - Pearse Doherty TD

7 March, 2019 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin’s Deputy Leader in the Dáil, Pearse Doherty TD has described comments by British Secretary of State Karen Bradley as outrageous and ridiculous.

Teachta Doherty said Ms Bradley’s comments followed comments from British Prime Minister Theresa May to the affect that her government is planning to legislate to protect British soldiers.

He said the British Government’s obligations agreed at Stormont House must be honoured.

Teachta Doherty said;

“Yesterday the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley stated that killings carried out by British State Forces in the north ‘were not crimes’ and that their actions were ‘dignified and appropriate’. 

“That was an outrageous and ridiculous statement, which followed on from a statement by Prime Minister May who indicated that the British government is planning to introduce legislation to protect serving and former British soldiers who may have committed crimes.

“The comments of both are an insult to families who have lost loved ones at the hands of the British Army and their proxies in Loyalist death squads who were directed by the British State.

“Such comments add insult to the injury felt by families who have suffered awful tragedies and who must face the British Government’s continued attempts to block access to truth and justice.

“No one can be above the law and bereaved families - some of whom have been campaigning for almost five decades - are entitled to justice. 

“At Stormont House, the two governments and the parties agreed a process to deal with the issues of the past which the British government has - thus far - refused to honour.

“This goes right to the heart of British policy on dealing with legacy issues.  The families and victims are being let down once again.

“The British Government must immediately clarify their position and honour their obligations agreed at Stormont House.”

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