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Northern Ireland legacy consultation deadline extended

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley has announced the deadline for responses to the consultation on the legacy of the Troubles has been extended by three weeks.

The move comes after political representatives and families of victims said they needed more time to respond.

The deadline has been moved to Friday October 5.

The Secretary of State said: “The legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland is an enormously sensitive and emotive issue, and I want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard as we move forward.

"I have listened to those who want to take a little bit more time to consider their responses - particularly those individuals who have been most affected by the Troubles, including victims and survivors and former police officers and veterans - and I am happy to extend the deadline so that they can have their say.”

The UK Government launched the consultation, which seeks to address the legacy of the Troubles, on May 11.

It aims to find the best way to meet the needs of victims and survivors and to help people address the impact of the Troubles and to provide long-term peace.

DUP leader Arlene Foster welcomed the announcement.

Mrs Foster said, “This is welcome news for many victims who wish to participate fully in the consultation process. We called for the government to publish the consultation and that it must be a victim-led process.

"It is a detailed document and many people who wish to participate have not yet been able to do so. I hope this extra time announced by the Secretary of State will ensure that all those who wish to register their views will now be able to do so.

"Victims deserve and need a new, proper and full investigatory process. The key question is how best to do that and to deliver justice. The status quo is utterly unacceptable- it is only innocent victims who are not seeing any level of progress. I hope victims will make their voice loud and clear on how justice denied can become justice delivered.”

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