Plight of Disappeared to be debated in Assembly

October 12, 2010

The plight of the Disappeared is to be debated in the Assembly today (Monday), at the behest of SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley.

Family members of the Disappeared, along with Commissioners from the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) and Victims Commissioners, will attend to hear the motion, proposed by Mr Bradley, debated.

The proposed motion is that the Assembly acknowledges the continuing suffering of the families of the Disappeared, pledges its support for them and for the ICLVR, and calls on all groups and individuals who have any knowledge of the location of victims’ remains to bring that information in confidence to the Commission without further delay.

Mr Bradley said that all parties are expected to participate in the debate and that he wanted to show support for the work of the Commission.

He added that anyone who had attended the recent funeral of Charlie Armstrong would recognise what recovering a loved one and giving them a Christian burial means to the families.

Mr Bradley said it is essential that the Evans family in Crossmaglen and the Ruddy family in Newry, along with the other families still waiting on news of their loved ones, are supported in their plight and that their cause is highlighted.