Key Dates and Developments So Far
20 January 2017: Sir Anthony Hart’s Report into Historical Institutional Abuse published
26 January 2017: NI Executive collapsed which prevented implementation of the Hart Recommendations
Early 2018: David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, directed The Executive Office to develop draft legislation.
19 November 2018-10 March 2019: Public consultation sought the views of survivors and wider public on the draft legislative proposals. 562 formal responses were received.
13 May 2019: Report on public consultation findings published.
2 May 2019: Head of the Civil Service asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (SOSNI) to take the legislation through Westminster.
11 June 2019: Northern Ireland political party leaders wrote to SOSNI, recommending that a Historical Institutional Abuse Bill should be brought through Parliament at the earliest opportunity.
2 July 2019: Head of the Civil Service appointed Brendan McAllister as Interim Advocate for survivors of historical institutional abuse.
5 July 2019: The Interim Advocate advised that more scope should be given to the Redress Board to issue interim payments.
5 November 2019: The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 became law.
15 November 2019: The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland announced that he intended to appoint Mr Justice Colton as President of the Redress Board.
25 November 2019: Head of the Civil Service wrote to a number of religious institutions and organisations reminding them that the HIA Inquiry had recommended that they should be asked to make a financial contribution to the overall financial cost of the Redress Board and specialist support services.
17 December 2019: Head of the Civil Service announced a timetable for the Redress Board.
18 December 2019: Mr Justice Colton met with victim activists to invite their views and expectations and to outline his approach to redress.
February 2020: The HIA Interim Advocate, The Executive Office and The Redress Board staff have engaged in a series of public information meetings with the victims and survivors sector to seek their views in relation to proposed proposals around the HIA Redress process.