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O’Neill concerned at lack of legacy response from British Government

5 April, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill


The lack of any British Government response six months after the closure of a consultation process on proposed new legacy legislation, is a cause for growing concern, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

The Sinn Féin Vice President also revealed she has written to British Secretary of State Karen Bradley calling for her to begin the legislative process before the summer recess.

Michelle O’Neill commented: “Six months on from the ending of the legacy consultation, the lack of any movement from the British Government is a cause for serious and growing concern.

“It is also typical of a dismissive and disinterested approach from this government to the needs of victims, some of whom have waited decades for truth.

“I raised this latest unnecessary and protracted delay in dealing with the legacy of the past with the British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday.

“Today I have written to the British Secretary of State urging her to publish her government’s legacy consultation response without any further delay and to begin work to commence the legacy legislation before the 2019 summer recess.

“Full implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House and the legislation underpinning them are absolutely fundamental in dealing with the legacy of the conflict.

“Any further delays or stalling from the British Government will only serve to undermine public confidence in the consultation, undermine the policy intent of the Stormont House Agreement and more worryingly further disappoint and alienate victims.” 

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