Abuse survivors meet ministers

Survivors of historic institutional abuse from Derry travelled to Stormont yesterday to meet junior ministers Martina Anderson and Jonathon Bell.

Jon McCourt from Derry was joined by Margaret McGuckian and John Meehan for the meeting with the junior ministers at Parliament Buildings.

They discussed the various recommendations made in the Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA) response to the consultation on a possible inquiry.

Speaking after the meeting, Ms Anderson said: “We are very conscious that we are dealing with extremely sensitive and emotive issues which have affected many people’s lives for a long period of time. We want to take the time to design a process that will hopefully, not only address the issues raised, but also bring some form of closure to the legacy of suffering of many victims of historical institutional abuse.”

Junior minister Bell said: “The importance of the help and guidance that victims of historic institutional abuse can give us to formulate an inquiry can not be underestimated. This meeting is one of the many steps we are taking to ensure that their voices are heard. All of the material we gather will help inform the taskforce’s final recommendations, which will be brought to the Executive before the summer.”