05 July 2019
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA has said that the publication of legacy consultation responses demonstrates the wide and varied opinions about how we deal with the past.
Commenting Mrs Foster said,
“Victims had many concerns about the draft Bill. This consultation should help develop a better way forward.
The DUP pressed consistently for the consultation document to be published so the people could have their say.
Whilst the opinions of respondents are wide and varied, the definition of a victim is still a common thread which runs through many responses.
It is immoral that the bombmaker is defined as a victim in the same way as the person who lost limbs in the bomb. A new United Kingdom definition of a victim would have a transformative impact on how we deal with the past.
Another key concern for the DUP, is that justice must always remain open to victims of terrorism. Justice must also be seen to be done. No one who has done wrong should be able to stop looking over their shoulder.
Whilst the opinions have now been garnered, the challenge is finding a way forward which ensures that history is not rewritten and those who took innocent life are held accountable rather than the reputation of those who stood against terrorism being inaccurately tarnished.
When Gerry Adams told the funeral of Kevin McKenna that the part played by McKenna and others like him will never be known, it once again reinforces the view that the IRA has no intention of ever telling the truth about the past. Whilst they demand the truth from soldiers and police officers, they hide from the truth about their dark and terrible past.”