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First Minister Arlene Foster has announced the appointment of a Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse.

Fiona Ryan will take up the position for a five-year term from 14 December 2020.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “This is a significant appointment, and I wish Fiona well in what will be an important and sensitive role. Even against the backdrop of a pandemic, work has progressed on Historical Institutional Abuse and the redress scheme opened in March. Victims have had to endure so much already and we have always been determined not to compound this hurt with undue delays.

“In that regard, today is a further milestone in the implementation of the Hart recommendations. But we acknowledge there is much still to do. We look forward to working in partnership with Fiona in her role as COSICA in the time ahead.

Fiona Ryan will take up the position for a five-year term from 14 December 2020.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “This is a significant appointment, and I wish Fiona well in what will be an important and sensitive role. Even against the backdrop of a pandemic, work has progressed on Historical Institutional Abuse and the redress scheme opened in March. Victims have had to endure so much already and we have always been determined not to compound this hurt with undue delays.

“In that regard, today is a further milestone in the implementation of the Hart recommendations. But we acknowledge there is much still to do. We look forward to working in partnership with Fiona in her role as COSICA in the time ahead.