Stormont House Agreement :Sinn Fein say British legislation on legacy is a breach of agreement

Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney.
Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney.
  • Sinn Fein say the legislation is a British attempt to hide their past
  • Legislation is due before Westminster next week
  • Read the full legislation document here

A Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle has described proposed legislation on dealing with the past are “unacceptable and a clear breach of the Stormont House Agreement”.

Raymond McCartney, the party’s spokesman on the Stormont Justice Committee also said the British government need to do more to resolve the difficulties it has created for the political process.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly.

“All the parties at Stormont House agreed on the need to provide justice and truth recovery mechanisms for the families of victims of the conflict.

“The British government’s legislation on dealing with the legacy of the past is in clear breach of the Stormont House Agreement.

“The legislation being proposed by Theresa Villiers and her colleagues in the British government is about hiding the British state’s role as a central player in the conflict and its collusion with unionist death squads.

“That is unacceptable. The British government has created many of the difficulties currently faced by the Executive and they must step up to the plate in working with others in finding resolutions,” he said.

Earlier this week North Belfast MLA for Sinn Fein, Gerry Kelly, who is on his party’s negotiating team for the ongoing talks said: “Substantial changes are needed to get back to what was agreed, particularly around maximum disclosure for families.

“It is clear from reading this document that the focus of the British Government appears to remain on hiding the truth rather than on full disclosure.”

“Families whose loved ones were killed during the conflict are entitled to know the truth. We will continue to work in the negotiations to achieve the mechanisms agreed at Stormont House so that families achieve maximum disclosure.”

Earlier this week the ‘Journal’ obtained and published a copy of the proposed legislation on dealing with the past which is due to be presented to Westminster next week.

Read the document in full here