McNarry slams failure by NI departments to implement Military Covenant

 

David McNarry MLA, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, has said there has been a massive failure by NI departments to implement the Military Covenant.

Mr McNarry said:

“Veterans and their families have every right to criticise the devolved institutions’ handling of their treatment.”

“Six years ago I brought forward he Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families Bill relating to implementing the Military Covenant.”

“Sinn Fein and the SDLP combined to veto my Bill and throw it out. Since then, all devolved departments have failed to introduce assistance to veterans.”

“They pursued a blatant, anti-British, anti-Services uniform form of negative sectarianism against the armed forces, veterans and their families.”

“Priorities and entitlements as afforded to veterans in England, Scotland and Wales are excluded in Northern Ireland. All departments are guilty of negligence in regards to looking after the needs of veterans.”

“I have persistently asked Ministers what percentage of the Military Covenant they have adopted as a policy? Their responses are indicative of the treatment dished out to veterans : ‘The departments do not implement the covenant’!”

“Only the Health Department has adopted a protocol in reaction to the Covenant.”

“UKIP are the ONLY party to dedicate clear commitment in their manifesto to honour the Military Covenant.”

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