The Government will not accept a British amnesty for those involved in the conflict in the North, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has reiterated.
A debate on legacy issues held on Wednesday saw TDs across the chamber condemn the revelations in a recent Ombudsman's report into 27 loyalist murders and attempted murders in South Belfast between 1990 and 1998 which linked British state actors, police, and loyalist paramilitary groups to murders during the Troubles.
"Significant failures” were found in the investigation of murders and attempted murders carried out by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA).
Mr Coveney said it is "regrettable that the comprehensive and balanced framework that we agreed together has yet to be put in place".
"Last year, as we know, the British Government published a policy paper that represented a radical departure away from the Stormont House agreement and proposed a statute of limitations which would see an end to criminal investigations and prosecutions for Troubles-related offences pre-1998 as well as ending inquests and civil litigation," Mr Coveney said. "It is essentially a proposal for an unconditional amnesty for those not yet convicted."
"They have caused grave concern to international human rights bodies. They are without international precedent. We cannot accept these proposals as a basis for a way forward," he said.
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said the report shows "the footprints of collusion that track across Britain's dirty war in Ireland, and chart a shameful train of state murder, directed and coordinated at the highest levels of the British system in alliance with loyalists death squads targeting the nationalist community".
Green Party TD Patrick Costello noted that the state had been criticised by those who lost loved ones where a cross-border element was present and said the Government should set up a historical inquiries unit in order to tackle the issue.