14 October 2019
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has welcomed the commitment by the Government to set up a redress board to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland.
The announcement was contained in the Queen’s Speech today in Parliament.
The DUP MP said, “This announcement will be welcomed by all those who suffered so grievously and who have campaigned tirelessly on this most important of issues. It is something which should have been brought forward through the Northern Ireland Assembly, but it is one of the many ways the people of Northern Ireland have been failed by 1000 days of boycott.
Some of the victims suffered abuse 40 or 50 years ago. Some have already passed away whilst waiting for progress to be made whilst all are getting older. It is vital that the issue of compensation is progressed swiftly. They have been forced to wait too long already and no further hurdles should be placed in their path.
I am glad that the government has taken action in this area. There continue to be many other areas where the people of Northern Ireland and particularly the most vulnerable in our society are punished because of a failure to restore devolution and take decisions on the issues of importance to all our citizens.”