March 8, 2024
The hurt and pain of the past must never be repeated, we must build a better future – O’Neill

Speaking after the publication of the Kenova Report today Sinn Féin Leas-Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill said: 

“The report from the Kenova inquiry has been published today.

“My heartfelt thoughts are first and foremost with all those families whose loved ones were killed, and whose anguish, hurt, and loss continues to be felt deeply. 

“The injustices and tragedies of the past have left a deep legacy of suffering and trauma in our society.  We must never forget those who have died or been injured, and their families.

“I am sorry for all the lives lost during the conflict, without exception. 

“Regrettably, the past cannot be changed or undone.

“Neither can the suffering, the hurt or the political violence of the conflict be disowned by Republicans, or any other party to the conflict. 

“People’s lives from every section of the community were trespassed upon during the conflict by British State forces, republicans, loyalists and unimaginable grief, hurt, pain and suffering was inflicted.

“I will never ask any mother, father, wife, husband, son, daughter, brother or sister to forget the past or to move on.

“While thankfully the conflict is long over, the legacy of our past remains unresolved.

“Intergenerational trauma continues to impact so many families today.

“Today I represent the Good Friday Agreement generation.

“A generation born into conflict, but who are now in a position, because of that Agreement 26 years ago to build the future in a time of peace.

“This is something we can never take for granted. The hurt and the pain caused must never again be repeated.

“We must find ways to help people heal. 

“As a republican, and a Sinn Féin leader, and also as First Minister, I am wholeheartedly committed to healing the wounds of the past.

“To building this better future that we all deserve.” 

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