Redress demanded for victims of historical institutional abuse – O’Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said there is an urgent responsibility on the new British Secretary of State to end the delays in legislating in the interests of victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. 

The Mid Ulster MLA was commenting after signing a joint letter with the leaders of the main political parties to Julian Smith today.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“Today I and leaders of the other main political parties in the north signed a joint letter which has now been sent to the new British Secretary of State Julian Smith calling on him to legislate for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. 

“The victims have waited too long with many having died without justice or redress for an awful wrongdoing. 

“We have continuously challenged the disgraceful stalling and prevarication by the previous British Secretary of State and the NIO. 

“This letter clearly demonstrates a united voice from all main political parties in the north for an end to the foot dragging on this important issue. 

“It is now up to Julian Smith in his first days in office to act in good faith and legislate to meet the needs of victims and survivors as a matter of urgency.”