Local MLA welcomes launch of competition for Commissioner for Survivors

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

SDLP Executive Office Committee Chair Colin McGrath MLA has welcomed the launch of an appointment process for the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse.

He said it was an important day for victims and survivors.



The South Down MLA told Newry Times, “This is an important day for victims and survivors across the North and marks another step forward to the redress they so badly deserve.

“I have been pressing the First and deputy First Minister to ensure that COVID-19 does not lead to any further delay in the appointment process for this Commissioner.

“It is welcome that the process has launched today,” he continued.



“The Commissioner, when appointed, will have a statutory responsibility to ensure that the needs of victims and survivors are heard and are being met.

“They will also have the authority and resource to be able to support victims effectively.

“This is a positive step forward.



“I hope the fact that this process is now underway will provide some comfort for those victims and survivors, who have been failed for far too long,” McGrath added.


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