11 May 2018
DUP Leader Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA has welcomed the publication of the consultation paper on legacy issues in Northern Ireland.
Last week Mrs Foster had called on the Government to proceed with a meaningful consultation process for victims.
Commenting after the publication Mrs Foster said,
“Previously the NIO had discussed having a consultation in parallel with establishment of the structures from the Stormont House Agreement. That would have merely been a ‘tick-box’ exercise without any meaningful input from victims.
I am glad the Government has now published the consultation. It is vital that the voice of victims is at the centre of this process and that their views shape the outcome. I would encourage all those who have suffered and groups representing victims to engage fully with the process.
Several decades have passed since many of the events which occurred during the Troubles. Victims are getting older and we owe it to them to make progress quickly.”