Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has called on British Secretary of State James Brokenshire to release funding for legacy inquests.
Mr McGuinness said:
“James Brokenshire has made positive comments in Derry today on dealing with the legacy of the past following his meeting with the Pat Finucane Centre, including the family of Paul Whitters, who was 15 years-old when he was killed by a plastic bullet.
“Now it is incumbent on James Brokenshire to follow these words up with positive actions and for his government to provide funding for legacy inquests.
“James Brokenshire has said it is important to instil confidence in all victims.
“He can do that by changing the policy of his predecessor and putting the needs of grieving families ahead of bogus national security concerns by immediately approving the Lord Chief Justice’s request for funding to enable him to fast-track some 56 inquests involving up to 100 deaths.”