Brendan McAllister was appointed Interim Advocate by David Sterling last month and has now taken up his post.
Mr McAllister will retain this post until a Statutory Commissioner has been appointed as directed under the HIAI report. Mr McAllister said “I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed to this important role as a representative voice for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse…There is much work to be done and I don’t underestimate the challenges that lie ahead but I am absolutely committed to being a strong, dedicated and supportive voice”.
The challenges ahead are indeed difficult with no Executive and little sign of agreement among the parties to suggest restoration is imminent. Recent calls by the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party for restoration of Direct Rule are a clear indication of the frustrations within the political arena in Northern Ireland.
The unrest created by the Brexit situation and uncertainty created by the backstop situation as well as the wider confusion as to what will happen going forward add to the problems faced by Mr McAllister.
Written by Ciara McReynolds at BLM