Aontú Leader Peadar Tóibín TD and Aontú Deputy Leader Cllr Denise Mullen have called upon Brandon Lewis to meet with victims and survivors of British collusion with Loyalist death squads, and hear their responses to the Tory amnesty for British crimes in the North.
An Teachta Tóibín: “To this day, there has been no investigation into the Glennane Gun which was stolen from a UDR tactics which was used in the murders of more than 110 nationalists. Only a few months ago, the British government refused to pursue any further prosecutions of British troops involved in the Bloody Sunday massacre. Just before Christmas, the Tories refused to hold a public inquiry into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane and the role of British collusion in his murder. The Amnesty for British crimes enacted by the Tories is just a confirmation of everything we already know to be true –Britain opposes justice for the victims of British crimes. I call upon Brandon Lewis to meet with the victims and survivors of British crimes, but do not hold out hope that this will occur given both his and the record of the British government in respecting victims and survivors.”
Cllr Mullen: “The formal position of the British government, soon to be enshrined in law, is that the victims and survivors of state-sanctioned violence and British collusion do not deserve justice. Justice, truth and accountability are not threats to our democracy – they are the building blocks upon which it is built. If the British government is fearful of justice, truth and accountability then that speaks for itself. Why are we less deserving of justice for what was done to us than anyone else? Furthermore, why has Brandon Lewis failed to meet with the victims of British collusion, who are now the victims of Tory Amnesty. Why were we not consulted before this amnesty was announced, and why have we been ignored since it’s announcement? Secretary Lewis needs to do the very least he can do which is meet with victims and survivors and hear their responses to his government’s contemptible actions.”