David Stirling promises quick establishment of the redress scheme and acknowledgment payments
KRW LAW LLP represents many victims and survivors of historic institutional abuse in Northern Ireland.
We are encouraged by the meeting today with David Stirling, interim head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, on the quick establishment of the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress scheme.
It was made clear to victims and survivors that the Northern Ireland Civil Service was doing all it can to establish the Redress Board within an accelerated timeline, to put in place support for victims engaging with the scheme and to ensure that acknowledgment payments, initial payments of £10,000, will be made to victims as soon as they are deemed eligible.
We further welcome his promise that a President of the scheme will be named this Friday and that they will then proceed to establish the first panel who will be assessing cases in the coming weeks.
Gary Duffy, KRW Law, speaking after the meeting, said:
“David Stirling’s promise of acknowledgment payments, made on an accelerated basis, will come as great relief to victims who have fought for nearly a decade for acknowledgement and redress.
At last, up to 5,000 victims and survivors will see light at the end of the tunnel.”