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Chance to uncover Kincora Boys' Home truth

Kincora Boy's Home in east Belfast
Kincora Boy's Home in east Belfast

Editor's Viewpoint

The demands for the abuse carried at Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast to be included in the Home Office- ordered inquiry into child sex abuse in Britain grow stronger every day.

In 1981, three senior care staff at the home were jailed for their part in the abuse, but there have been persistent claims since that the scandal went much deeper.

Among the claims are that senior establishment figures were involved in abusing the boys there and that the intelligence services were monitoring what went on.

A former Army intelligence officer and black propaganda expert claims MI5 prevented the Army exposing what it knew about what went on at Kincora and a former senior police officer concedes that it is possible the RUC was also stopped from properly investigating the case. These are serious allegations and must be probed at the highest level.

Kincora is part of a Northern Ireland inquiry into abuse of children in institutional care, but that inquiry does not have the wide-ranging powers of the one established by the Home Office which can demand files from the intelligence services and potentially establish how far into the establishment the scandal reached.

However, the British inquiry has got off to a shaky start with the appointed head, Baroness Butler-Sloss, stepping down after only a few days. Her late brother Sir Michael Havers was Attorney-General in the 1980s and the Baroness said she was not the right person to chair the inquiry.

The family links had led to demands she step down.

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But perhaps the most compelling demand for Kincora to be investigated in the British inquiry comes from a man who was abused there as a child.

The abuse had a serious psychological affect on him and he, like all the other victims, has every right to know exactly what went on there and if they were the targets of a paedophile ring involving well-known public figures.

This scandal has been festering away for too many decades and the potential to uncover the truth diminishes by the day. This opportunity to do so must be taken.

Further reading

Kincora: 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

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

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

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'

Kincora Boy's Home 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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