From Declan Breathnach, TD (5th July 2016)

To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she has met with the Truth and Reconciliation Platform; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19358/16]

From Minister Frances Fitzgerald Department of Justice and Equality

I understand that the Truth and Reconciliation Platform is a recently established group with the aim of providing every victim of the troubles, North and South, an opportunity to tell their own, personal story. I have not yet had the opportunity to meet with the group.

There can be no question that the violence of the troubles exacted a tragic human cost across communities on this island in terms of the lives lost, people injured and families bereaved. The suffering of the victims of the many atrocities perpetrated over the course of the troubles and of their families lives with us and acknowledging and addressing that suffering continues to be an essential element of building peace and reconciliation in the context of the Northern Ireland peace process.