Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Northern Ireland

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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36. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the recent discussions he has had with members of the Northern Ireland Executive and with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regarding the need to introduce without further delay the victims payment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11381/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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On 31 January 2020, the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland signed legislation establishing a Victims’ Payment scheme for victims of Troubles-related incidents.

The Government is aware that certain issues have been raised around the funding and scope of this scheme, which are primarily a matter for the UK Government and NI Executive to agree.

The Government believes that everyone concerned wants to see the Victims’ Payment Scheme come into operation as speedily as possible for victims and survivors of the conflict, and in the spirit of peace and reconciliation.

The Government has always acknowledged and sought to address the legitimate needs and expectations of victims’ families and survivors of Troubles-related attacks in all jurisdictions.

We are deeply conscious of the enduring suffering and hardship that survivors of Troubles-related attacks bear, both North and South, and indeed in Britain and Europe.

The Government continues to engage with the UK Government, Northern Ireland political parties, victims and survivors and key stakeholders on addressing the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland in accordance with the framework set out in the Stormont House Agreement.


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