We cannot accept the Troubles amnesty proposal
A debate on inheritance issues on Wednesday saw TDs across the way condemn revelations in a recent ombudsman report into 27 loyalist murders and attempted murders in southern Belfast between 1990 and 1998 which linked British state actors, police and loyalist paramilitary groups to murders during the Troubles.
“Significant failures” have been found in the investigation into murders and attempted murders by the Ulster Defense Association (UDA).
Mr Coveney said it is “regrettable that the comprehensive and balanced framework we have agreed to together has not yet been put in place”.
“Last year, as we know, the UK government issued a policy document which represented a radical departure from the Stormont House agreement and proposed a statute of limitations which would end criminal investigations and prosecutions for offenses related to The Troubles prior to 1998. as well as ending investigations and civil litigation,” Mr. Coveney said. “This is essentially a proposal for an unconditional amnesty for those not yet convicted.”
“They have caused serious concern to international human rights bodies. They are without international precedent. We cannot accept these proposals as a basis for moving forward,” he said.
Sinn Féin chairwoman Mary Lou McDonald said the report shows “the footprints of collusion that run through Britain’s dirty war in Ireland and trace a shameful train of state murder, directed and co-ordinated at the highest levels of the British system. in alliance with loyalist death squads, targeting the nationalist community”.
Green Party TD Patrick Costello noted that the state had been criticized by those who had lost loved ones when a cross-border element was present and said the government should set up a historical investigations unit to s tackle the problem.