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McAllister named as new advocate for abuse victims

Brendan McAllister
Brendan McAllister
Civil Service chief David Sterling

By Staff Reporter

The former victims' commissioner Brendan McAllister has been appointed as the new interim advocate for victims of institutional abuse.

He was appointed to the role yesterday by the head of the Civil Service David Sterling.

"I am very much looking forward to meeting with as many victims and survivors as possible, and learning more of the issues they have faced and continue to face," said Mr McAllister.

"There is much work to be done and I don't underestimate the challenges that lie ahead, but I am absolutely committed to being a strong, dedicated and supportive voice for all."

The 62-year-old Newry man was one of four commissioners who advised the power-sharing Executive in relation to Troubles victims and survivors between 2008 and 2012.

Mr Sterling said of the appointment: "I have no doubt that Brendan's appointment will ensure that the views of victims and survivors will be kept front and centre in all future discussions, particularly with regard to the progression of current legislative proposals."

A former social worker, Mr McAllister was previously director of Mediation Northern Ireland and has worked in a mediation role for the United Nations.

He is a former Probation Board member and a former board member of the Community Relations Council.

He and his wife Elizabeth are members of the Corrymeela Community.

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