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Historic alleged child sex abuse probe in new focus

By Michael McHugh

Published 05/01/2016

A public inquiry into alleged child abuse will turn its attention to a residential home run by evangelical Anglican missionaries in Ireland
A public inquiry into alleged child abuse will turn its attention to a residential home run by evangelical Anglican missionaries in Ireland

A public inquiry into alleged child abuse will turn its attention to a residential home run by evangelical Anglican missionaries in Ireland.

The Irish Church Missions was established to convert Catholics to Protestantism. The conservative organisation ran Manor House Children's Home in Lisburn, Co Down, and had links to the Church of Ireland.

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI) will begin hearing evidence of alleged wrongdoing at the home during public sessions in Banbridge, Co Down.

The HIAI is considering harrowing claims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse at 22 institutions in Northern Ireland from 1922, when the State was founded, to 1995.

It is chaired by retired judge Sir Anthony Hart and is also probing actions at homes run by the Catholic Church and the State. It is due to submit its report in a year's time.

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