Northern Ireland Office: Public Consultation

The Northern Ireland Office released the legacy consultation “Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past” on 11 May 2018 and it will run until 17.00 on 10 September 2018.

A Consultation is the process whereby the public are given the opportunity to give their opinions on legislation the government is going to deliver.

This consultation is on proposed legacy mechanisms and includes draft legislation that will go through Westminster.  It will give the government and policy makers the chance to listen to the views of victims, survivors and wider society and be alerted to any issues or concerns. 

The consultation documents can be accessed here on the Northern Ireland Office website.

This consultation will cover the following four of the proposed Stormont House Agreement mechanisms:

  1. The Independent Commission on Information Retrieval;
  2. The Historical Investigations Unit;
  3. The Oral History Archive; and
  4. The Implementation and Reconciliation Group.


Click here to view our useful infographic outlining what role each of these bodies will play in delivering truth, justice, acknowledgement and reparations for victims and survivors.

There are a number of issues affecting victims and survivors which do not directly make up part of the consultation.  Some of these are referenced in the opening statement by the Secretary of State as devolved matters; this means it is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly to progress and deliver these.

Examples of such issues are:

  • A pension for the severely injured;
  • Ensuring victims and survivors can access high quality services;
  • A Mental Trauma Service (this has evolved to become the Regional Trauma Network);
  • Legacy Inquests;
  • Ensuring access to advocate-counsellor assistance.

Although there are no specific questions in relation to these matters, there is scope in questions 13-17 of the consultation to relay your views on each.

 

How can I contribute?