Saturday, July 16, 2016

Police's call to exonerate MI5 over Kincora abuse scandal without further ado disturbing

Last week the inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland finished taking evidence and over the next six months Sir Anthony Hart and his two colleagues will write their report.

They started taking evidence in January 2014 and over the past two years they have heard much harrowing evidence of the physical, mental and sexual abuse that was suffered over many years at 20 residential homes and other institutions.

The 15th and final module of the inquiry started on May 31 — day 204 of the inquiry — and ended on July 8.

That final module dealt with the Bawnmore Children’s Home in Newtownabbey and the infamous Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast, but the focus was particularly on Kincora.

That final module of the public evidence sessions passed almost unnoticed in the midst of a constant flood of news about Brexit, political turmoil in both the Conservative and Labour parties, and the murder of police officers in America.

There were reports in the newspapers and other media, but there was no in-depth analysis.  (more...)

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