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Campaigner and Kincora abuse survivor Clint Massey dies


Kincora abuse survivor William McGrath

Kincora abuse survivor William McGrath

Kincora abuse survivor William McGrath

Clint Massey, a survivor of abuse at Kincora boys home who fought for compensation for victims, has died aged 60.

He revealed in January he was suffering from terminal lung and brain cancer, and called for the implementation of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry recommendations.

Clint Massey was sent to Kincora boys home at the age of 16, and was abused by prominent Orange Order member William McGrath.

In January 2017 the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry, carried out by retired judge Sir Anthony Hart, published its findings into the abuse against hundreds in Northern Ireland's childcare system, looking at a period from 1922 until 1995.

Hundreds of people came forward to give evidence to the Inquiry over a period of four years, and recommendations were made that compensation should be given to victims and a state apology made.

Published in the days before the collapse of Stormont, the recommendations in the report were left unimplemented.

Speaking on the BBC's Nolan Show after his diagnosis in January, Mr Massey said some of Northern Ireland's politicians were being "unbelievably petty", and called for action to be taken.

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In January, Head of the Civil Service in Northern Ireland David Sterling told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee draft legislation to put the recommendations into action.

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has expressed his party's sympathies at the passing of Clint Massey.

"Here was a man who had to live his entire adult life carrying the burden of abuse which was forced upon him through no fault of his own, by those who were charged with protecting him," he said.

"His story is one of ultimate failure by the state and those acting on the state's behalf. Yet Clint not only waived his right to anonymity in his efforts to secure justice for fellow survivors, he spoke publicly without an ounce of self-pity.

"Fifteen months after Clint and several hundred other victims were vindicated by the report from the Public Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse, commissioned by the Northern Ireland Executive, those deserving of redress continue to die rather than receive the help they so patently deserve."

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