Lack of compensation for abuse victims underlines need for Executive

pb316Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said the lack of movement on obtaining compensation for the victims and survivors of institutional abuse underlines the need for the restoration of the Executive.

South Belfast MLA Ms Bradshaw was speaking following a briefing from the Executive Office on the implementation of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry findings, which recommended compensation among other measures.

“Last week, Alliance once again raised the issue of redress for the victims and survivors of institutional abuse with the Secretary of State. We want to see justice done and the recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry implemented without any further delay.

“While instigating those recommendations won’t erase the suffering people have endured in the past, it will go some way to delivering what was promised and acknowledging the long campaign for justice by many. All parties must recognise they too have fundamental rights.
“There are now workable recommendations on the table. We want to see them fulfilled by a local Executive. However, the ongoing political impasse means people are literally dying while the matter rumbles on. We need recognition and redress given to the victims and survivors, and no more delays.”

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