15 May 2019
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA said,
“The report by Sir Anthony Hart set forward recommendations for financial recognition of the horrible crimes which were perpetrated against some of the most fragile and helpless young people in our society.
I have met many of the families impacted. I want to see them receive justice but also have their suffering recognised financially. The delay is a shame and disgrace.
A lack of devolution has been a barrier to this matter being progressed. This is why devolution should be restored immediately so matters like this compensation can be taken forward by Ministers.
In the absence of devolution, the Government has a moral duty to meet this financial commitment but ultimately the institutions who closed their eyes to the abuse must be prepared to make their contribution to this compensation as has happened elsewhere.”