23 May 2001:
FAMILY SERVICES SUPPORT CENTRE
Justice for the Forgotten welcomes the decision of the Government to provide funding for the establishment of a Family Service Support Centre. The Dublin and Monaghan families acknowledge this as the first tangible expression of support for the needs of the victims in the past 27 years.
Among the core functions envisaged for the Family Service Support Centre, in addressing the bereaved families and survivors unmet needs, will be:
We urge the Government to move now to implement the recommendations of the Victims Commission. This would include a victims pension and a review of the awards made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. We appreciate that these reforms may take some time. However, immediate relief could be granted now by the implementation, without delay, of the Victims Commission recommendation that an acknowledgement payment of £10,000 be made to each bereaved family, and by paying the continuing medical expenses for those injured.
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