Interim Advocate Church role causes split between victims groups

Brendan McAllister was appointed Interim Advocate for the victims of abuse in residential care and has had a difficult time in his few months in post. He has dealt with the new Secretary of State, the stresses caused by the absence of an Assembly, the conflicts within the political arena as a result of Brexit, the falling of the legislation intended to implement the necessary arrangements when Parliament was prorogued and now he faces a different issue.

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Interim Advocate for victims and survivors takes up post

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”.

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