Ministers faced a backlash over the proposal to ban Troubles-era prosecutions on Thursday from Northern Irish parties, victims' groups and the Irish government. The plan to block trials of British veterans or IRA terrorists and move instead to a "truth and reconciliation" model was revealed by The Telegraph this week. The DUP and Sinn Fein, the two main parties in Northern Ireland, hit out at the prospect of a statute of limitations on prosecuting offences committed prior to the signing of the 1998 Good Friday agreement. Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill, the deputy First Minister, called it a "slap in the face" for victims, while the DUP MP Gavin Robinson said that while veterans should not be subjected to a "cycle of reinvestigations" in the absence of new evidence, access to justice was vital. The Irish government expressed fierce opposition, with Micheal Martin, the Taoiseach, claiming the proposal would represent a "breach of trust". Leo Varadkar, the deputy leader, said he was "deeply alarmed" and would not support any such move, arguing that victims and families have a right to justice. Irish ministers were said to be furious that Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, did not mention the plan during engagements in Dublin on Wednesday.