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Kincora's Tangled Web Of Deceit Continues To Unravel

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East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton, a member of the Policing Board, said the publication of declassified files relating to the Kincora Boys’ Home highlight that concerns about this home date right back to 1982 amongst senior civil servants.

Robin Newton said,

“These files confirm that there has always been dread in Westminster about too much searching into the activities at Kincora. The fact that Northern Ireland based civil servants wanted a full inquiry is to their credit. The blocking of a full inquiry by Westminster politicians and civil servants confirm the level of fear within the senior echelons of the establishment.

The minutes from meetings attended by senior civil servants, who wanted a public inquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921, reveal that efforts to uncover the truth were obstructed by Westminster interests. 

The minutes record that an inquiry under the 1921 Act was the only way to get the truth of who was involved in this abuse. The fact that the then Secretary of State said any inquiry needed to be discussed with the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary, the Lord Chief Chancellor, possibly the Secretary of State for Defence as well as the Lord Chief Justice confirms that this children’s home seemed to take a higher precedence in Westminster than the average boys’ home.

Nothing has changed and the victims continue to be let down by the present Secretary of State. The refusal of the Secretary of State to include Kincora within the Home Office’s UK-wide inquiry into historical abuse is indefensible.

There can be no greater crime than to destroy the innocence of young children and to rob them of their childhood. The victims who suffered abuse behind Kincora’s locked doors deserve to be treated no differently than their counterparts in other parts of the UK.  They need to be included within the UK-wide inquiry.”

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