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Sinn Fein must act on victims and survivors

The Sinn Fein ard fheis took place at Belfast's Waterfront Hall earlier this month. It was the first time it had been held in the six counties.

It is further proof - if needed - that Sinn Fein has matured into a modern day political party.

Having read the agenda, in my opinion it was found wanting when it came to discussion around the issue of victims and survivors of the conflict.

References to atrocities is not enough; passing motions in support of families seeking truth and justice is not enough; calling for an independent international truth commission is not enough.

The Good Friday Agreement no doubt saved lives. As the political process grew and matured, society was automatically expected to do the same.

Yet communities became more marginalised from society - none more so than victims and survivors.

As time passes, memories fade; but not so for the families of those who were killed and injured during the conflict. I am one tortured soul with memories that will haunt me until the day I die.

We look to Sinn Fein for leadership on this issue. This is the last piece of the peace process jigsaw. Finish the jigsaw.




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