Thursday, 11 July 2019
Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages
The Minister said my amendment would be contributing to a hierarchy of victims. There has always been a hierarchy of victims because victims in the North are treated differently from those in the South. The victims in the North will have a historical investigations unit, whereas the victims in the South will not. The atrocities in the South are considered as crimes. We are told the Garda is waiting on new evidence but we know the Garda has not acted on the evidence it has got.
The amendment is also heavily weighted in favour of one set of victims over another. The Minister spoke about trust, confidence and co-operation. Where has that been for the past 40 years for victims in the South?