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O'Neill says British government must meet commitments on legacy

25 February, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill has said the British government must fulfil its obligations on dealing with the legacy of the past.

Speaking to families of victims of the conflict at an event organised by Relatives for Justice, Michelle O'Neill said:

"For Sinn Féin addressing the legacy of the conflict is an issue of rights and equality.

"Families have waited too long for access to truth about the death of their loved ones and this has only added to their hurt and suffering.

"Recent calls by the members of the British establishment, supported by political unionism, to further frustrate families by introducing legislation to put current and former British soldiers above the law is unacceptable.

"Everyone must be equal before the law.

"This is yet another indication of the British government's abject failure to fulfil its obligations in dealing with the legacy of the conflict.

"We need to see a step-change from the British government in its approach to the past and it can start by releasing funds for legacy inquests as proposed by the Lord Chief Justice.

"Sinn Féin is committed to the implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed in the Stormont House Agreement and we will continue to press the British government to step up to the plate and fulfil its obligations." 

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