Terrorism: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 8th December 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer to the Oral Question asked by the hon Member for Sheffield, Heeley on 2 December, Official Report, how the WAVE group requested that he pause on engagement on legacy; and on what date that group made that request to him.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

During March and April, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and officials met with a number of victims groups and other key stakeholders to discuss legacy issues. This included a meeting with WAVE Trauma Centre on 19 March. Following these discussions, it was clear that engaging effectively and sensitively ahead of delivering legislation would be difficult due to the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially given the vulnerability of many of those it is vital we engage with.

The Secretary of State remains committed to engaging with victims groups and all parts of the community in Northern Ireland in order to make progress on legacy issues.

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