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Downing Street can't hide behind Covid, it must tackle Troubles legacy issues now

Simon Hoare


Simon Hoare MP is Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

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Violent time: the aftermath of the Shankill bomb

Violent time: the aftermath of the Shankill bomb

'For the victims of the Troubles, a decree was how it seemed. Imperfect though it was, Stormont House set a framework to deal with the past and sought the views of victims' groups, NI politicians and the Irish Government.'  (stock photo)

'For the victims of the Troubles, a decree was how it seemed. Imperfect though it was, Stormont House set a framework to deal with the past and sought the views of victims' groups, NI politicians and the Irish Government.' (stock photo)

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Violent time: the aftermath of the Shankill bomb

One hundred days was the self-imposed deadline for the Government to introduce legislation to implement the Stormont House Agreement to address Troubles legacy cases following the January 9 deal that restored the Executive.

One hundred days later, there was no new legislation dealing with legacy issues, just a March 18 decree in the form of a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS).

For the victims of the Troubles, a decree was how it seemed. Imperfect though it was, Stormont House set a framework to deal with the past and sought the views of victims' groups, NI politicians and the Irish Government. The March 18 WMS came, to many, from out of the blue.


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