Letter from Sinn Féin
RE: INQUIRY INTO THE REFORM OF LEGAL AID
IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND
In October 1999 Sinn Féin made a formal
submission to the "Public Benefit Public Purse" document
which I enclose for the Committee's consideration.
I apologise for the poor quality of the document and will also
e-mail it to you before the cut-off deadline. I thought that you
may wish to have our response, at least in hard copy, as soon
As the Committee may be aware, consultation
is underway to formulate a Bill of Rights for the North of Ireland.
It is our view that every citizen should have the right to a fair
trial and that fundamental to that is the issue of legal aid as
a human right. We trust that the outcome of the Committee's considerations
will support this position.
8 February 2001
17 See the list of unprinted papers, p. xvi. Back