Calls to include Kincora in UK inquiry

Published Tuesday, 08 July 2014
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Amnesty International is calling for the Kincora Boys' Home to be included in a new UK-wide inquiry into child sex abuse.

Calls to include Kincora in UK inquiry
Amnesty is calling for a full inquiry. (© Pacemaker)

Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered the inquiry into how the government handled claims of paedophile activity at Westminster, amid accusations of an establishment "cover up".

Three senior members of staff at Kincora were jailed in 1981 for systematically abusing young boys at the home in east Belfast. An inquiry was set up into the scandal in 1982 but it collapsed.

Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty NI said that, while Kincora is part of the ongoing public inquiry into historical institutional abuse here, the inquiry "has only limited powers".

Mr Corrigan continued: "The current Northern Ireland inquiry is unable to compel the release of files from either Whitehall or the secret services, and given the nature of the allegations over Kincora, this is exactly where any secrets are likely to lie buried.

"The new wide-ranging Hillsborough-style inquiry announced today by the Home Secretary must now be allowed to investigate the allegations that have long surrounded Kincora.

"With Kincora, the power to secure the release of key documents from Whitehall or MI5 filing cabinets is absolutely vital. Nothing less than the inclusion of the Kincora home in the new inquiry is liable to see the truth finally arrived at, and justice finally delivered."

East Belfast MP Naomi Long has backed the call.

The Alliance representative said: "While several members of staff were made to pay for their crimes, there has always been a belief that the abuse went deeper than has been made public. We owe it to the victims to investigate all allegations, as they deserve justice for what they went through."

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said the claims surrounding MI5 must be investigated.

"It has been claimed that not only were MI5 aware of the horrendous abuse of vulnerable young boys but monitored it and attempted to use it for their own gain," she added.

"This is not the first time allegations of this nature around the role of British intelligence agencies in the abuse scandal in Kincora have surfaced but to date they have not been investigated.

"The British government needs to listen to the growing calls from a range of groups, including Amnesty International, for a full inquiry into what happened at Kincora."

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6 Comments
Vee in Belfast wrote (15 days ago):
About time!!! Maybe when the truth comes out about Kincora the media will leave the Vatican alone and the government will get its own act together. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!!
WALTER in EAST BELFAST. wrote (16 days ago):
GET THIS ENQUIRY INTO KINCORA STARTED. TIME WE KNEW HOW HIGH UP THIS DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR WENT. AND WHO KNEW ABOUT IT. AND HOW MANY LIVES IT DESTROYED.
kim in belfast wrote (16 days ago):
An investigation into Kincora is a must. Children were placed in this institution for safety and care and those who were supposed to be protecting vulnerable children systematically abused them by either perpetrating the abuse or giving them to others to abuse. Sick sick and sick. those responsible need to be prosecuted NOW k
John in Newtownabbey wrote (16 days ago):
This place has always stunk of cover up. If this initiative is genuine, then the truth must finally come out about this place. No one is above the law.
Mark in Derry wrote (16 days ago):
This was not handled properly the first time round.It could potentially destroy political legacys in the north of ireland.Bring on a review.
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