McGuinness: I would cooperate with Information Retrieval commission

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has said he would be “absolutely willing” to cooperate with a commission set up to provide relatives of Troubles victims with information about the death of their loved ones.

Commenting on plans for an Independent Commission on Information Retrieval – which were set out in the Stormont House Agreement in December 2014 but not yet agreed – the Deputy First Minister said: “If I am required to go forward on any point of relevance to myself, I am absolutely willing to do that.”

Under the proposal, any information given to the commission would not be admissible as evidence in any court case. However, there has been no political agreement on how to deal with a number of legacy issues.

Mr McGuinness made the remarks in response to a question from TUV leader Jim Allister in the Assembly on Monday.

Mr Allister said: “Will he as an officer commanding in the IRA, lead by example and give information to the Information Retrieval Commission if it’s to afford any hope to the many innocent victims of his IRA?”