- 07 Mar 19
The Northern Ireland secretary has apologised over comments she made in the House of Commons on Wednesday
Karen Bradley has apologised after suggesting deaths caused by security forces during the Troubles were not crimes. In a statement, Ms Bradley said: "Yesterday I made comments regarding the actions of soldiers during the Troubles.
"I want to apologise. I am profoundly sorry for the offence and hurt that my words have caused.
"The language was wrong and even though this was not my intention, it was deeply insensitive to many of those who lost loved ones.
"I know from those families that I have met personally just how raw their pain is and I completely understand why they want to see justice properly delivered. I share that aim and that is why I launched the public consultation on addressing the legacy of the troubles.
"My position and the position of this Government is clear. We believe fundamentally in the rule of law. Where there is any evidence of wrongdoing this should be pursued without fear or favour whoever the perpetrators might be.
"That is a principle that underpins our approach to dealing with legacy issues and it is one from which we will not depart," Ms Bradley added.
Despite issuing the humiliating apology, the Northern Ireland secretary is still facing calls for her resignation.
John Kelly, whose brother was killed on Bloody Sunday, said Bradley’s apology was: “too little too late”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s World at One, he said: “She is damaged goods, there is no point in her staying any longer and she should go. When I heard it I was very angry and I could not believe what she was saying. It was an outrageous statement, it insulted my brother’s memory and it insulted everybody who died on Bloody Sunday.”
He added: “It showed her true colours and true feelings in relation to the role of the British army here in the north.”
The Taoiseach said that Ms Bradley's comments were: “insensitive and wrong.”
When asked if the Secretary should resign, he said it's not for him to determine the composition of any other government.
- 06 Mar 19