'Inquest block must end' - Dillon
Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said the decision by the Cunningham family to withdraw their application for a new inquest is evidence of the impact that the DUP’s blocking of the Lord Chief Justice legacy plans is having on families.
The party’s Victims spokesperson said:
“Henry Cunningham, a 16-year-old boy, was shot dead by the UVF on the M2 motorway whilst travelling on a bus bringing workmen home from a building site in Belfast.
“There has never been a proper police investigation or inquest into his murder.
“His family have long campaigned for a new inquest to be held and were given renewed hope that this would happen when the Lord Chief Justice put forward his proposals for fresh legacy inquests.
“As First Minister, Arlene Foster blocked the Lord Chief Justice’s plan to resolve the backlog of legacy inquests, denying justice to victims and their families in the process.
“This move was subsequently ruled unlawful by the High Court which also reminded the British Government of their legal obligations to provide effective, independent and timely investigations into State killings
“Despite this, the funds requested by the Lord Chief Justice have still not been released by the British Government and families continue to suffer as a result.
“It is now well over two years since the Lord Chief Justice forwarded his proposals and it is appalling that families are still suffering because of the DUP and British government prevarication. This needs to end.”