Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 2 December 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
Engagement with Justice for the Forgotten
When we met the Taoiseach, we tried to impact on him the necessity for the Government to raise the priority of these cases with the British Government. Obviously, the British Government in its current iteration has an ideological opposition, in many ways, to justice in the North of Ireland. There is still a necessity for this State to push the envelope when it comes to putting pressure on the British Government to do the right thing on this. Is there anything else the southern State can do in regard to these processes? Is there anything we are missing out on? I am thinking, for example, of this committee perhaps writing to Joe Biden and asking him to exert pressure on the British Government in regard to these issues. In fairness, the Biden Administration has been very positively disposed in playing on Ireland's side in the context of the difficult relationship that now exists between Ireland and Britain. Is there anything else we should be doing in a similar vein?