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Children's home abuse victim battles exclusion from inquiry

A woman allegedly molested in foster care has launched a High Court challenge to being excluded from a Stormont inquiry into historic abuse at children's homes.

Her lawyers argued yesterday that it was wrong to decide her case did not qualify.

A judge was told others who claim they were abused while being fostered will also want to be involved.

The inquiry, announced by the Northern Ireland Executive in 2010, followed a damning report in the Republic into decades of abuse in some religious institutions.

Headed by the retired judge Sir Anthony Hart, it is examining claims of abuse in children's homes, care institutions and borstals between 1922 and 1995.

The woman at the centre of the legal challenge cannot be identified.

She claims she was abused after being taken into care and put into a foster home by the Foyle Health and Social Services Trust in the early 1990s.

Although she wanted to participate in the inquiry, she was informed earlier this year that her case did not fall within its terms of reference.

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