“Foot dragging and prevarication” on HIA redress must end – O’Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill said today that British Secretary of State Karen Bradley should stop dragging her feet on redress for victims of historical institutional abuse.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking after she led a Sinn Féin delegation, including Linda Dillon and Gerry Kelly, in a meeting, with Karen Bradley to discuss historical institutional abuse.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“In today’s meeting with Karen Bradley I called again for the British government to bring forward legislation as soon as possible to provide redress for the victims of historical institutional abuse.

“I made it clear that Karen Bradley and the British government should end the foot dragging and prevarication.

“There is no excuse for any further stalling.

“Karen Bradley should now immediately put in place the required legal and financial framework to assist victims and survivors.”

The Sinn Féin delegation also raised the issue of the legacy of the past, Michelle O’Neill added:

“Full implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House and the legislation underpinning them are absolutely fundamental in dealing with the legacy of the conflict.

“Any further delays or stalling from the British Government will only serve to undermine public confidence in the consultation, undermine the policy intent of the Stormont House Agreement and more worryingly further disappoint and alienate victims.

“We also told Karen Bradley that no one can be above the law and there can be no amnesty or statute of limitations for British soldiers who broke the law or killed Irish citizens.”