From Declan Breathnach, TD (5th July 2016)

To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has met with the Truth and Reconciliation Platform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19359/16]

From Minister Charles Flanagan Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Officials in my Department have recently undertaken a round of consultation meetings with various victims’ groups connected to the Troubles in Northern Ireland to discuss the establishment of the Stormont House legacy framework. As part of this work, officials met with more than 20 victims’ groups who represent those affected by the Troubles. These included groups from both sides of the community within Northern Ireland as well as those representing victims and survivors both in this jurisdiction and in Britain.

I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Travers and Mr. Reavey from the Truth and Reconciliation Platform during their visit to the Oireachtas on 23 June 2016. I am also aware of contacts from the group with officials in my Department relating to some of their proposed projects. While no formal meeting has to date been requested, my Department looks forward to continuing to engage with the group.