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Kincora probe has to access secret files, says former Army officer Colin Wallace

Whistleblower: Colin Wallace
Whistleblower: Colin Wallace
Dark secrets: Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast, where children were abused for years
There is a compelling case for the former Kincora Boys' Home in Belfast to be included in the Westminster-driven inquiry into allegations of a paedophile ring operating at the heart of the British Establishment. Picture posed
Kincora Boy's Home in east Belfast
Keith Vaz (right) supports an inquiry

By Colin Francis

Former Army officer and whistleblower Colin Wallace has called for any new investigation of the Kincora Boys' Home to have access to information from intelligence agencies.

Mr Wallace tried to draw attention to sexual abuse at the east Belfast home in the 1970s.

He said if the home was included in the UK-wide investigation into institutional abuse, then the terms of any inquiry into what happened must be widened.

In 1981 three senior care staff at the home were jailed for abusing 11 boys.

It has also been claimed that people of the "highest profile" were connected – taken to mean senior politicians.

Mr Wallace received intelligence in 1973 to say that boys were being abused, but claims some of his superiors refused to pass on the information.

"I know that some officers from the security services in Northern Ireland did know and actually reprimanded intelligence officers from raising the matter and also told them they were to desist from any further investigation," he said.

Mr Wallace said two previous inquiries which looked at Kincora – the Terry Inquiry and the Hughes Inquiry – did not examine evidence relating to the intelligence services.

"My evidence, and the evidence of other people, was ruled out because those inquiries quite clearly, and indeed, we know now specifically and deliberately, ruled out the role of the intelligence services," he said.

"The evidence that I was willing to give to previous inquiries, from the Official Secrets point of view I couldn't do that because that was not within the terms of those inquiries.

"If there is going to be any way of moving this forward, the Government – and David Cameron has said no stone will be unturned – must make sure that any information, held anywhere by any agency, will be made available.

"But of course the problem is, I know from my own personal experience, that those files have long since disappeared."

Mr Wallace said he doubted the full truth would ever be known.


Chris Massey interview from BBC Good Morning Ulster

Chris Massey interview part 2

Further reading

Kincora: MP Keith Vaz backs call for east Belfast home to be included in UK-wide inquiry 

I will reveal the secrets, says ex-Army officer Colin Wallace  

How Colin Wallace's world turned upside down  

Now it's no longer merely a Northern Ireland nightmare

Chance to uncover Kincora Boys' Home truth

Kincora abuse horror: Claims not incredible: ex-police chief

MI5 knew about it but did nothing, that much is certain 

Full story of Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast yet to be told, says child sex abuse victim

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt joins calls for inquiry into abuse at boys' home

Baroness's brother 'tried to limit probe into Kincora'

MI5 'must hand over files on abuse at east Belfast boys' home' 

Editor's viewpoint: We must know truth of Kincora

Child abuse inquiry must look at Kincora Boys' Home, says Amnesty International

MI5 'blocked exposure of Kincora sex abuse scandal'

South African intelligence 'secretly backed loyalist paramilitary group Tara'

Kincora Boys' Home scandal: journalist Peter McKenna dies

State papers: The perjury that allowed Kincora suspect preacher to walk

Westminster’s dark secret: abuse of children, adultery, homosexuality and sadomasochism were all seemingly lumped together

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

Westminster child abuse dossier: Geoffrey Dickens also gave copy of file to top prosecutor Sir Thomas Hetherington - so why did DPP fail to act on evidence of paedophile ring? 

Historic child abuse files missing

Tory peer Lord Brittan defends handling of 1980s sex abuse dossier

Abuse claims police matter - Clegg

Abuse probe 'into soul of society'

From the archives

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

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