NI abuse victims meet Robinson, McGuinness

Thursday 22 July 2010 16.41
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Robinson & McGuinness - Meeting at Stormont over abuse in institutions
Robinson & McGuinness - Meeting at Stormont over abuse in institutions
Victims - Delegation represents all of those abused in institutions across Northern Ireland
Victims - Delegation represents all of those abused in institutions across Northern Ireland

Victims of Institutional abuse in Northern Ireland say they are pleased following this morning's meeting with the First and Deputy First Ministers at Stormont.

The meeting with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness lasted over an hour and afterwards the delegation of abuse victims said they were satisfied that their case was being taken seriously.

While the delegation represents all of those abused in institutions across Northern Ireland, much of the abuse took place at the hands of those in religious orders.

Victims say that they want the Northern Ireland government to acknowledge the state allowed them to be put in the care of abusers and to apologise for that.

They also want an inquiry set up to establish the scale of the abuse and provisions made for some form of financial redress.

The delegation attending Stormont this morning said they had received assurances from both Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness that they would personally oversee how the abuse issue was dealt with.