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Stormont House legacy section needs implemented now

19 August, 2015 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said this morning that the mechanisms agreed at Stormont House Agreement dealing with the legacy of the conflict are intended to achieve the maximum disclosure for all victims. 

 Ms. McCann said,

 “Sinn Féin is committed to helping families of victims to achieving truth and closure and support the mechanisms enshrined in the Stormont House Agreement as a step in achieving it.

 “These include: the establishment of the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU); putting in place processes that are victim centered; improving Legacy inquests to ensure that they are conducted to comply with ECHR Article 2 requirements; ensuring that both governments provide full disclosure to the HIU; and establish the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR).

 “While it is recognised that not all families will be satisfied with the Stormont House Agreement approach it will be a step forward.

 “Sinn Féin has consistently called for an independent international truth commission to be set up.

 “In the absence of such a commission the mechanisms agreed at Stormont House present the best way forward for bereaved families and victims to achieve maximum disclosure.

 “The British and Irish governments need to implement those elements of the Stormont House Agreement which deal with legacy issues and the past. 

 “Victims and their families should not be prevented from achieving truth and closure because of the failure to reach agreement on other issues.

 “The two governments can and should proceed with establishing the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU); improving Legacy inquests and establish the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR).”

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