Sinn Féin to challenge refusal to pay HIA compensation
Sinn Féin will challenge a decision by the acting Head of the Civil Service not to pay compensation to victims of historical institutional abuse, the party’s victim’s spokesperson Linda Dillon has said.
The Mid-Ulster MLA was speaking after David Sterling claimed legislation would be required to make any payments.
“We do not accept that legislation is needed because the victims have already been identified by the Hart Inquiry and recommendations for a standard payment made,” she commented.
“My Party Leader in the North, Michelle O’Neill has also made a proposal as to how this could be actioned and that has been supported by all the Executive parties so the political direction is clear.
“I do not see any reason why the civil service cannot follow that political direction and we will be challenging their refusal to do so.
“Sinn Féin is seeking an urgent meeting with the Head of the Civil Service and we will be calling on him to reverse this decision and put arrangements in place to make a standard payment.
“We will also continue to engage closely with the survivors and victims to reaffirm our support for them and to ensure measures are put in place to address their needs.”