CLLR EMMET DOYLE: Solider F Shows that Irish Government Must Enforce International Legacy Agreements in the Courts
Responding to the Tory Amnesty for crimes committed in the North of Ireland which was published today, Aontú Cllr for Derry, Emmet Doyle has said that this proposal would violate the rights of survivors and victims – under previous agreements – to pursue justice, and has called on the Irish government to immediately initiate legal proceedings to prevent Boris Johnson defrauding victims and survivors of their rights to justice.
Cllr Doyle: “The Tories in Britain have shown that the people of Ireland are not deserving of justice and not deserving of truth. The reality is that British authorities have never been transparent or legitimate in how they have acted in the North – today was just another crystal clear example of their malfeasance. Aontú is a party who counts amongst its members victims and survivors of the Troubles, and we as a party have continually fought for justice and fair treatment of those who endured the horrors of state-sponsored violence and collusion perpetrated by the British government and their loyalist proxies. Today’s proposal threatens all of that work, and the very well-being of our survivors and victims!”
“The Irish government must act and not just engage in rhetoric and condemnations which do not produce results. The amnesty proposal that will be forced through by the Tory government will abrogate the legacy protections and rights to justice for victims and survivors enshrined in previous treaties and agreements. It is the entitlement, and I submit, the duty of the Irish government to use international courts protect international agreements signed by the British government to stop this conscious, deliberate and egregious violation of law to cover up their crimes. The Irish government must show they are willing to stand up for the people of the North not only in words, but in deeds as well.”