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NIO approach to HIA redress farcical – Swann

Ulster Unionist Party Leader Robin Swann MLA has said that the Secretary of State seems determined to make a hames of taking forward legislation to see redress for HIA victims and survivors.

Robin Swann MLA said:

“This is further outrageous stalling from the Secretary of State. She asked for clarity on four questions and she got a unanimous response from six party leaders. Now she is asking for answers to further questions and it feels like the goal posts are moving.

“I am not sure what approach the NIO are taking because it just seems like a total farce now. The issue of redress for victims of historical institutional abuse has seen parties able to come together in support at a time when there has been a meeting of minds over little else. Why then does the Secretary of State seem so determined to make an absolute hames of taking this forward?

“The victims and survivors have waited too long to see another spanner thrown in the works. Parties want to see this resolved as quickly as possible; the Secretary of State needs to show the same commitment.”

#NIO #NorthernIrelandOffice #legislation #redress #historicalabuse #institutional #HIA

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