8 Noll 2021, 17.30
The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement will meet at 13.30 on Thursday, December 09 with representatives from the WAVE trauma centre.
The meeting will take place in Committee Room 1 of Leinster House. WAVE is the largest cross community victims' group in Northern Ireland, with five centres and 15 satellite projects.
The following representatives from the WAVE Trauma Centre - Sandra Peake, Anne Morgan, Oliver McVeigh, Dympna Kerr and Maria Lynskey are due to address the meeting remotely.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Fergus O’Dowd said: “We welcome the opportunity to hear from representatives and to discuss the Disappeared.”
“The WAVE Trauma Centre provides support and care to anyone bereaved, injured or traumatised through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The organisation provides particular care to the families of the Disappeared.”
“Those who are under the term ‘Disappeared’ were abducted and murdered and have not been returned to their families or received a proper burial.”
“Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has recently stated that the British Government will not introduce legislation on legacy immediately but refused to be drawn on the specific timing."
“The idea of an amnesty in regard to the legacy issues and the Disappeared has been widely condemned by this Committee, the Irish Government and the NI Assembly.”
“Families of the Disappeared have invested huge time and resources trying to seek truth and justice regarding the death of their loved ones. The families of the Disappeared deserve closure and we look forward to discussing this and other issues with representatives.”
Watch proceedings live from Committee Room 1 here.
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