Michael McConville releases a statement on behalf of the McConville family

26th July 2017

Michael McConville the brother of Billy McConville who campaigned on behalf of victims of institutional sexual and physical abuse and who died from cancer on Sunday has said that the family now need the time and space to ‘quietly grievefor him.

Speaking before Billy’s funeral (Wednesday 26 July) Michael McConville said:

Billy lived out his last days in a media spotlight campaigning for justice for the victims of institutional sexual and physical abuse, a cause he felt passionately about.

When he was physically at his weakest he showed the greatest strength of character and we are proud of him for that.

We all hope that politicians heed his dying wish that they get together to address this outstanding injustice as well as other issues affecting victims and survivors who have been pushed to the margins over many years.

I hope everyone will understand that we as a family now need the time and space to quietly grieve for Billy.

He was much loved.

May he Rest In Peace.