The Head of the Civil Service (HOCS), Jayne Brady, has today encouraged the families of civil servants killed during the Troubles/Conflict to help create a suitable memorial for their loved ones.
Speaking at an event to recognise the 50th anniversary of the death of civil servant, John McCormac, Jayne Brady said:
“John was killed as he was carrying out a house visit in West Belfast in May 1973, as part of his job within the Civil Service. This event is an opportunity to honour his memory and acknowledge the devastating impact his death had on his loved ones.
“Although today is about paying tribute to John, it is also a poignant reminder of the tragic loss of other civil servants killed during the Troubles/Conflict.
“As such, the Northern Ireland Civil Service is considering how best to create a permanent memorial and I would encourage those families who lost a loved one to come forward so that we can discuss together how best to pay tribute to them”
TEO Permanent Secretary, Denis McMahon said:
“I hope this anniversary event in John’s honour can go even a small way towards acknowledging the pain suffered by his family over the last 50 years.
“It is right that we create a memorial to John and other NICS colleagues and I look forward to working with those families of civil servants who wish to be involved.”
Any families of civil servants who would like to be involved in the development of a permanent memorial should email the TEO Victims Unit at: Victims.Unit@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk.
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Caption: Front row: Shane McCormac (left), Paul McCormac (right), and Conor McCormac holding a photograph of their late father, John. Back row: Ian Jeffers, Commissioner for Victims and Survivors, and Jayne Brady, Head of Civil Service.
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