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MI5 'blocked exposure of Kincora sex abuse scandal'

MI5 could have exposed the Kincora sex scandal five years before it was

eventually revealed, according to a new book on the notorious boys' home.

Published 16/04/1996

Award-winning journalist, Chris Moore, claims British intelligence

Award-winning journalist, Chris Moore, claims British intelligence covered up years of abuse at the east Belfast hostel to conceal the fact that the house master, William McGrath, was one of its agents.

Moore claims in The Kincora Scandal, published on Thursday, that an Army intelligence officer, whom he refers to only as "James", told his superiors as far back as 1975 of the allegations against McGrath.

But MI5, which "ran" McGrath as an agent provocateur to destabilise Ulster in the event of a British withdrawal, ordered him to drop the investigation.

McGrath was eventually jailed in 1981, along with wardens Joseph Mains and Raymond Semple, after admitting ritually abusing boys in care.

 

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