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Abuse probe chair calls on Brokenshire to take action

By Michael McHugh

The chairman of Northern Ireland's Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry has urged Secretary of State James Brokenshire to implement recommendations in his report. They include compensation, an apology to survivors and a memorial.

Sir Anthony Hart said his report was the subject of an assurance from the Prime Minister that it would be acted on.

His inquiry into the treatment of children in residential homes over many decades found evidence of widespread mistreatment.

Sir Anthony said: "Because of the wide welcome for, and support of the report, expressed in the previous Assembly on January 23, and the clear undertaking by the Prime Minster to the House of Commons on February 8 that the findings of the report will be 'taken into account and acted upon', I feel justified in urging you to put in hand the necessary steps to implement the recommendations of the Inquiry in full as a matter of urgency and without delay."

Sir Anthony wrote to the Northern Ireland Secretary in the absence of a First or Deputy First Minister.

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