Dáil debates

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions


12:20 pm

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú) | Oireachtas source

On the legacy issue, Aontú published a Bill last week, the commission of investigation (collusion by British state forces) Bill 2022, which would constitute a commission investigation into British collusion into the murders of Irish people North and South. With the mounting evidence that exists we believe it is important that a commission investigation be held. There has never been a comprehensive investigation in regard to British collusion in this country. Victims and survivors are entitled to know. Many of these families are getting older. Time is running out for them. There is an urgency about this. Our Bill would empower a commission of investigation to compel witnesses in the South of Ireland. It would also have the power to take evidence from outside of this jurisdiction. It would have the power to consider information that has been published in state investigations internationally. It could help to fill key gaps in the understanding of collusion. Should a similar Bill be constituted in Stormont, it would allow for witnesses to be compelled on the island, North and South. It is time to go beyond just those two steps of negotiating through the EU and negotiating on Stormont directly with the British Government. We need to pull other levers that are in our ability to solve this. I encourage the Tánaiste to support the Aontú Bill on the commission of investigation.


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