Anderson ‘appalled’ at treatment of HIA victims

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, who as a Stormont minister helped to establish the Hart Inquiry into historical institutional abuse, has said she is appalled at how victims and survivors have been treated by the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

Martina Anderson was commenting after Karen Bradley again refused to introduce legislation and compensation as recommended by the judicial inquiry into the abuse.

She said: “As someone who worked closely with victims and survivors to see the Hart Inquiry established during my time as a Junior Minister in Martin McGuinness’s office, I am appalled at the trauma and distress which Karen Bradley has heaped upon them this week.

“How anyone can do that, after meeting these people and listening to the horror of what they have been through is galling. Karen Bradley should hang her head in shame.

“Rather than getting on with implementing the Hart recommendations and putting in place the required legal and financial framework to assist victims and survivors, she continues to stall and to use victims as political pawns.

“That is completely unacceptable and it needs to stop.

“Sinn Féin will be convening further multi-party talks tomorrow in order to keep the pressure on Karen Bradley to belatedly do the right thing and bring forward the required legislation for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse.”