Bradshaw welcomes political agreement on compensation for victims and survivors

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed agreement between the political parties and Civil Service on changes to draft legislation relating to compensation for victims and survivors of institutional abuse. A letter signed by party leaders will now be sent to the Secretary of State, confirming backing for the matter to be dealt with at Westminster. […]

Secretary of State must move quickly on Hart recommendations, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has called on the Secretary of State to move quickly to ensure the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry report into historical institutional abuse are delivered upon. She said: “I have become aware the Head of the Civil Service has now written to the Secretary of State, advising the Executive […]

Victims and survivors of institutional abuse being let down by parties, says Bradshaw

The refusal by the DUP and Sinn Féin to establish an Executive is responsible for prolonging the suffering of victims and survivors of institutional abuse, Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after the High Court ruled there was no legal failure by the Secretary of State to implement the […]

Time for Secretary of State to end suffering of institutional abuse victims and survivors, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has called on the Secretary of State to take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse after the Executive Office’s extended consultation closed. The public consultation, which had been extended by a month, ended yesterday. South Belfast MLA Ms Bradshaw said it […]

Bradshaw dismayed by absence of Budget allocation for abuse victims

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has expressed her dismay and disappointment the proposed budget for Executive Departments for 2019/20 continues to provide no allocation to implement the recommendations of the Hart Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse. The South Belfast MLA stated: “It is beyond frustrating political failure in both Belfast and London now appears […]

Scottish model offers route to justice for Northern Ireland victims and survivors of historical abuse, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said developments in Scotland may offer a way for fast compensation for elderly or infirm victims of Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland, and called on the Secretary of State to act. The Scottish Government will fast track payments to victims and survivors of care homes there in […]

Armstrong: The Pope could and should have gone further to address victims

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said while it was “disappointing” the Pope did not go further in his comments around clerical and institutional abuse, he offered hope for the future in the strong words he shared on peace and reconciliation during his visit to Ireland. Kellie was speaking after deputising for Naomi Long at the […]

Bradshaw says Magdalene Laundries apology emphasises need to restore devolution and implement Hart recommendations

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said an apology to those who suffered abuse in Magdalene Laundries emphasises the need to restore devolution, implement the Hart Inquiry recommendations, and deliver an inquiry into the mother and baby homes. Ms Bradshaw was speaking after Irish President Michael D Higgins apologised to thousands of women who […]

Bradshaw calls on Head of Civil Service to initiate consultation on abuse report recommendations

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has called on the Head of the Civil Service to initiate a consultation on delivering the recommendations into historical institutional abuse here. Secretary of State Karen Bradley has stated it would be “inappropriate” for her to approve compensation payments to victims and survivors of the abuse, as outlined in Sir Anthony […]

Church needs to review policies and co-operate fully with police, says Armstrong

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said the Catholic Church needs to engage in a full and comprehensive review of its past policies and practices, and engage in full disclosure and co-operation with the police in relation to sexual abuse allegations. The call comes after Bishop John McAreavey stepped down after it was revealed he said […]