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Kincora must be included in UK probe, says MP

By Nevin Farrell

A fresh appeal has been made for the notorious Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast to be investigated as part of a Westminster-initiated inquiry into historical child abuse.

East Belfast Alliance MP Naomi Long has called on the Home Secretary Theresa May and the chair of inquiry Fiona Woolf to look at Kincora.

Mrs Long has previously written to May appealing for Kincora Boys' Home to be part of the overarching investigation set up in the wake of child abuse scandals throughout the UK.

She has now also written to recently appointed Woolf on the same matter.

Mrs Long was speaking as her party colleagues brought forward a motion in the Northern Ireland Assembly calling for a Westminster Government-led inquiry into Kincora.

The Alliance deputy leader said her party's motion, which refers to the allegations that senior politicians, military personnel, paramilitary figures and businessmen were involved in both the abuse and its subsequent cover-up, was designed to shine a light on the magnitude of the allegations concerning Kincora.

Mrs Long said: "Despite several people being prosecuted for the abuse perpetrated at Kincora, what differentiates it from other cases are allegations which persist of the involvement of the security services interfering in investigations to protect agents or collect information which could be used to blackmail those in positions of power.

"The ongoing Northern Ireland investigation into historical institutional abuse does not have the statutory powers to investigate these allegations, a fact acknowledged by its chair.

"That is why the Woolf Inquiry is the only vehicle which can investigate those wider allegations about Kincora, and the Alliance motion once again puts that into the spotlight.

"The victims and survivors of Kincora deserve justice, but to date they have been left as outsiders without a voice.

"The Woolf Inquiry, if the correct powers are granted to it by the Home Office regarding witnesses testifying who are subject to the Official Secrets Act, is the way to properly consider the allegations and help the victims put their nightmares to rest."

The Alliance Party motion, which is due to be tabled at Stormont today, reads: 'That this Assembly notes with deep concern the allegation of sexual abuse that took place in Kincora Boys' Home during the 1970s and 1980s; further notes allegations that senior politicians, military personnel, paramilitary figures and businessmen from Northern Ireland and Great Britain were involved both in the commissioning and subsequent cover-up of the abuse, as well as allegations that members of the intelligence service were complicit in a cover-up of this scandal; believes that the nature and seriousness of the allegations, especially that MI5 were involved in a cover-up, means that this cannot be adequately considered in any way other than a Westminster Government-led inquiry; and urges the Home Secretary to include Kincora Boys' Home in the inquiry by Fiona Woolf as the most appropriate means of achieving truth and justice.'

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