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Kincora: Child sex abuse victims hold protest on doorstep of boys' home in call for it to be demolished

By Ricky Thompson

Published 28/04/2015

Kincora victims and their supporters have issued a renewed appeal to have the former boys' home razed to the ground.

A small group from Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA) gathered at the site on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast to highlight their concerns.

A protest takes place outside Kincora on Tuesday morning for the demolition of the Victorian house in East Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
A protest takes place outside Kincora on Tuesday morning for the demolition of the Victorian house in East Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
A protest takes place outside Kincora on Tuesday morning for the demolition of the Victorian house in East Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Margaret McGuckian from SAVIA said victims should not have to be constantly reminded of the terrible things that happened to them in the house.

"Whether it's going to work, just going shopping or seeing it in the newspapers, they're just constantly reminded of what they went through in this building.

One victim, Clint Massey, who spent eight months in Kincora, fought through his emotions to say: "We would like this building to be demolished. This building represents one thing and in everybody's mind the name 'Kincora' means only one thing and that's children getting abused in these premises.

"This building has to go. It's a reminder every time I go down this road and I always seem to get stuck at those traffic lights. It's there all the time."

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Civil servant Mark Sedwill admits Home Office ‘probably’ destroyed paedophile dossiers  

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From the archives

Kincora: Sex racket at children's home (Irish Independent, 1980)

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