Northern Ireland

Abuse victims set to meet Northern Ireland leaders

Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson said they were happy to meet abuse victims
Image caption Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson said they were happy to meet abuse victims

A date has been set for the first minister and deputy first minister to meet NI victims of institutional child abuse.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have agreed to meet the the victims on Thursday.

Survivors of abuse have described the offer of talks as a "remarkable move".

The Justice, Health and Education departments are responsible for the issue but the two leaders "were happy to meet the delegation".

The Stormont Health Committee said early this year that the only way forward in pursuing the full extent of child sex abuse in NI is a public inquiry.

It was responding to the health minister's options paper which discussed various ways of examining crimes against children.

The minister, Michael McGimpsey, prepared the options paper after the Assembly passed a motion expressing concern at the findings of the Ryan Commission into child abuse in the Irish Republic.

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