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Swann urges Prime Minister to act swiftly on HIA redress

The Ulster Unionist Party Leader Robin Swann MLA has urged the Prime Minister to support the recommendation from David Sterling that the Secretary of State should legislate at Westminster to provide redress to the victims of historical Institutional abuse.    

Robin Swann MLA said:

“This morning in a telephone call with the Prime Minister a number of issues were discussed.

“One of these was the need to act urgently to provide long overdue redress to the victims of historical Institutional abuse.

“It recently emerged that the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, had written to the Secretary of State to ask her to take the work forward, and as a result the Secretary of State now proposes to introduce legislation at Westminster.

“Given that all five local party leaders in Northern Ireland support such a move, I urged the Prime Minister to give her backing to the Secretary of State’s plan and to ensure as swift a passage as possible through Westminster so that some assistance can finally be given to those people who have already had to wait for far too long.”

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