Dáil debates

Wednesday, 28 February 2024

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht (Atógáil) - Questions on Policy or Legislation (Resumed)


12:45 pm

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The High Court in Belfast declared today that the UK's Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023 is incompatible with human rights, particularly where it relates to immunity from prosecution. Having attended the inquest last week into the Springhill massacre, where five civilians were shot dead by the British Army in 1972, at the request of the families involved, it is important that these inquests will continue until they are finished and that whatever legal process might happen after that is not affected by immunity. Would the Minister agree that the British Government must cease using this legislation and repeal it urgently in the interests of peace and reconciliation and truth and justice on this island?


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