O’Neill calls on Bradley to end delays and prevarication on legacy mechanisms
Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill has written to British Secretary of State Karen Bradley calling for the release of the funding requested by the Lord Chief Justice.
Michelle O’Neill also said there is sharpening frustration in the victims community at the British government’s continued delay in bringing forward the consultation on the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House.
The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said:
“In the most recent round of negotiations the British government outlined its clear intention to progress a consultation on the Draft Legacy Bill.
"It has become clear from my ongoing engagement with the victims community that there is a sharpening frustration, deflation and in cases anger with the British government’s delay in bringing forward the legacy consultation.
“This frustration has been compounded by the British government’s refusal to release the funds requested by the Lord Chief Justice for legacy inquests.
“There is an added onus on the British government to release these funds.
“This follows recent High Court ruling by Lord Chief Justice Girvan that former First Minister Arlene Foster unlawfully blocked a plan aimed at clearing the backlog of legacy inquests.
“Further delays and prevarication is totally unacceptable given that many families are now waiting almost half a century for the most basic right to an inquest.
“The British Secretary of State should bring forward the legacy consultation and a time frame for implementing the mechanisms of the Stormont House Agreement and immediately release the legacy inquest funding.”