Alliance responds to Billy Wright report

Alliance Party Justice Spokesperson, Stephen Farry, has responded to the outcome of the Billy Wright public inquiry that was announced today.

Stephen Farry said: “This report raises major issues regarding policing, security and prisons failures. While some comfort can be taken at a finding of no collusion of the state in the death of Billy Wright, there should be no complacency with respect to the serious issues that the inquiry has uncovered.

“The political, policing and security context has changed significantly over the past decade, as the nature of the prison system. Nevertheless, it is only right that the recommendations of the inquiry are properly tested. Reform of prisons is a priority for new devolved Department of Justice, and a Prison Review team, agreed as part of the Hillsborough Agreement, is currently conducting the public consultation aspect of its work.

“There will inevitably be cost-benefit discussions on the value of this inquiry. Alliance again stresses the importance of this society working a comprehensive framework for dealing with the diverse and multiple demands for truth recovery and the need for reconciliation as we address the legacy of the past. While no solution can be imposed, it is important that both the British and Irish Governments show leadership in this regard.”


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