Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry report on child abuse in homes to be published
An investigation into decades of abuse in Northern Ireland's residential homes for children will publish its findings and recommendations later this month.
Yesterday, the chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA), former High Court judge Sir Anthony Hart, submitted his report to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
The HIA was established in 2013 to investigate child abuse in 22 residential institutions in the 73 years from 1922 to 1995.
In 223 days of public sittings it took evidence - often harrowing in the extreme - from 527 witnesses about the treatment they received as children in the care of state and church-run institutions, and heard personal testimony from more than 200 people who had been inmates of children's homes all over Northern Ireland.
The full HIA report is to be made public on January 20.
Yesterday, inquiry chairman Sir Anthony said: "I want to thank everyone who came forward to tell us of their experiences, as I know how hard it was for many to find the courage to do so.
"I also want to thank all those who worked with the inquiry in a co-operative way, and by doing so helped my colleagues and myself to complete our report on time," the former judge added.