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O’Neill accuses British Government over Legacy delays

13 September, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has accused the British Government of adding to the suffering of victims by continuing to stall on the implementation of the legacy mechanisms from the Stormont House Agreement.

Michelle O’Neill was commenting after writing to the British Secretary of State. She said: “In my correspondence, I told Julian Smith that further delays in bringing forward the legislation to enact Stormont House will undoubtedly add to the anguish, trauma and loss felt by victims and their families.


“This is an untenable situation. In the absence of any process or engagement on these matters I can only assume that further delays in bringing forward a legislative timeframe are evidence of British Government attempts to frustrate, block and stymie the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement legacy mechanisms.


“It is now almost five years since the two governments and political parties agreed a range of mechanisms to deal with the legacy of the past on the basis of equality, dignity and respect for all.


“Since then, Sinn Féin has been calling for the full implementation of those mechanisms and for legislation to underpin them. That draft legislation, after much stalling by the British government, was finally put out to consultation last year but there has been no progress since then.


“The stalling tactics must end. The opportunity to deal with the past is now. The time to engage with the past is now. Some families have been waiting almost 50 years on truth and justice and that is simply unacceptable.


“Any further delays or stalling from the British Government will only serve to undermine the policy intent of the Stormont House Agreement and further disappoint and alienate victims.”

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