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Dodds tells Commons delay in compensation for abuse victims an 'outrage'

Nigel Dodds
Nigel Dodds

A delay in paying compensation to the victims of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland is an "outrage", the DUP's Westminster leader has said.

Nigel Dodds accused the Government of allowing delays in the process of awarding compensation for the victims of historical abuse.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she "did not shy away from her responsibilities" on the issue.

In the absence of the power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland, the UK Government is responsible for handling these claims.

Mr Dodds said: "The Secretary of State, and indeed the whole House, will be aware of the sense of outrage that there is across the entire community in Northern Ireland, and indeed the victims of abuse, about the Secretary of State's approach to this issue in recent days and, frankly, many people are saying that far too much time has elapsed already.

"Given the fact the Secretary of State does have the ability to make this move faster, people are outraged at the idea of having to wait another couple of years, as she appeared to indicate.

"Will she now bring forward measures to immediately to deal with this issue?"

Ms Bradley replied: "I do not shy away in any way from my responsibilities in this area and I am determined we will act as soon as we can.

"The two years he referred to are predictions from the Civil Service of Northern Ireland but that is not an estimate that I have put forward."

Mr Dodds responded: "This is one of probably the most terrible examples of a whole series of decisions that have cross-party and cross-community support that she has refused to do anything about even though this place and her Government is responsible for the administration of Northern Ireland."

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