British government should fund legacy investigations and inquests - McCartney

Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney.
Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney.
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Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said the British government should fund legacy investigations and inquests.

Mr McCartney said: “There is a state obligation on the British government to fund investigations into the past and legacy inquests.

“The cases being investigated happened during the period of direct rule so it is logical that the British government should pay the costs, not the Executive.

“That is not just our view, it is also shared by Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The British government cannot continue to use cost as an excuse to continue to deny truth and justice to families, some of whom have been waiting for up to 40 years.

“It is long past the time that the British government lived up to its responsibilities on dealing with the legacy of the past.”