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‘British Government must now progress historical abuse law’ – O’Neill

28 March, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill


There is an onus on the British Secretary of State to announce how she intends to progress legislation to help victims of Historical Institutional Abuse now that the consultation process is over, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

The Sinn Féin Vice President said: “The victims of institutional abuse have already been waiting too long to see the recommendations of the Hart Report implemented. 

“And while we feel that there are areas where the Hart recommendations could be improved, we hope that is what will emerge from the consultation process.

“That process is now concluded so there is an onus on the British Government to quickly provide an update as to how the draft legislation will be progressed.

“I have written to the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley calling on her to do precisely that. It is essential that victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse are appraised of the next steps as quickly as possible so I have also urged her to meet directly with them to brief them on when and how she intends to take the legislation forward.”

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