The Commissioner for Victims and Survivors and members of the Victims and Survivors Forum met with Tánaiste Simon Coveney to call upon the Irish government to exert their influence to ensure the delivery of Legacy mechanisms.
Victims and survivors are becoming increasingly frustrated, hurt and angered with the continued delays to the proposed Legacy Consultation, the mechanisms outlined in the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, and the fruition of policy advice such as the Pension for the Severely Injured.
Over the past 12 months, the Commissioner and the Forum have undertaken extensive political engagement with the five main political parties in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Office in an effort to see some progression on these issues.
“The NIO and the five main parties have spoken of their support in principle of seeing the immediate launch of the Legacy Consultation and we believe there is no need for delay in the absence of an Assembly, since the legislation would be laid before MPs at Westminster,” said members. “We are therefore asking the Irish government to do their part to progress the Consultation."
The Tánaiste said: “The Irish government will continue to seek urgent progress on legacy issues and play its full part in establishing the Stormont House Framework in a manner that will meet the legitimate needs and expectations of all victims and survivors and the government has also consistently emphasised the need to ensure that Legacy inquests are properly resourced, consistent with the proposals of the Lord Chief Justice of NI, so they can be held in a reasonable time”.