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Kincora Boy's Home in east Belfast

Kincora Boy's Home in east Belfast

Kincora Boy's Home in east Belfast

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.

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.

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