Willie Frazer to raise FAIR funding cuts issue at Stormont

Willie Frazer
Willie Frazer

Willie Frazer is expected to meet with a quartet of parties at Stormont today, as part of a delegation of Troubles victims.

Among the issues he plans to raise is a claim that the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) had intervened to curb the funding available to Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR).

He said in a statement that he and the others in attendance will “demand an independent investigation” into the matter.

Mr Frazer said: “We have been told by one funder the OFMDFM intervened in this matter stating FAIR was not to be funded. OFMDFM officials told funders not to allocate us any more money.

“That happened after investigations into FAIR uncovered absolutely nothing and the PSNI absolving the group of any wrongdoing.

“This issue must be fully investigated”.

It is just one of a handful of matters Mr Frazer wants to bring up when he visits with a roughly 60-strong delegation. He is expected to meet the Ulster Unionists, SDLP, DUP and TUV. A meeting with the Alliance Party was also requested.