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'Bradley must move immediately on HIA redress' - O'Neill

18 July, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said that British Secretary of State Karen Bradley must now move immediately to assist victims and survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking today after the acting Head of the Civil Service David Sterling confirmed in a letter to the local political parties that all necessary amendments to legislation providing redress for the victims have now been made.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The parties here worked together to develop a joint approach and reach a consensus to remove any further obstacles to legislation which will provide redress to victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse.

“The parties agreed a joint letter back in May to Karen Bradley addressing issues she claimed she needed answers to.

“The acting Head of the Civil Service has today confirmed in a letter to the local political parties that he has now made all the changes to the legislation necessary to support the victims and communicated this to the British Secretary of State.

“The ball is now firmly in Karen Bradley’s court. There can be no more stalling.

“The victims and survivors of abuse, while in care, have waited long enough and Karen Bradley should now immediately put in place the required legal and financial framework to assist them.” 

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