101 people apply to abuse inquiry

Published Thursday, 01 November 2012
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A total of 101 people have so far registered to take part in an inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland.

101 people apply to abuse inquiry
The inquiry will investigate abuse in religious and state care institutions. (© UTV)

A helpline and website was launched on 1 October as one of the first stages of the state inquiry.

Victims and survivors have been invited to come forward and share their experiences with an Acknowledgment Forum, which will be overseen by Stormont junior ministers Jennifer McCann and Jonathan Bell.

Statistics released on Thursday showed that the majority of applicants wishing to take part came from Northern Ireland.

Seventy-one of those who applied came from the region, 19 from Great Britain, seven from the south of Ireland and one from Europe.

Three forms were returned incomplete.

The majority of applicants indicated a preference to meet with both Acknowledgment Forum and the Statutory Inquiry.

Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of the inquiry, said: "We are encouraged with the initial response to a low key Inquiry launch, which was to ensure that the Inquiry team could return all questions raised by phone within two days and to resolve any identified early problems.

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"If an applicant has not received an acknowledgement letter within two weeks of posting they should contact the help desk on Freephone 0800 6884935."
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