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A major inquiry into historical abuse of children in
Northern Ireland has found there was widespread mistreatment
at homes run by the state, the church and charities over
The inquiry's chair - Sir Anthony Hart -
recommended the Stormont Executive make an official apology,
and pay compensation of up to ?100,000 to each victim.
He also dismissed long-standing allegations that the security
services consipired in abuse at the notorious
Our reporter Kevin Sharkey has followed the inquiry's work since
The inquiry investigated the physical, emotional and sexual abuse
and neglect of children who are under 18 years of age. There were
public hearings into a total of 22 of the homes. During its work, at
the inquiry sought evidence and vast amounts of historical evidence from
seven states, church, and charitable organisations. Today, a judgment on
that past. A long and painful journey from
troubled childhoods. Decades of suffering, years of campaigning,
today, a vindication. There are individuals who provided
excellent care, and there were others who were cruel and abusive.
Sexually, physically and emotionally, towards children for
whom the responsible. This abuse has affected many people for the rest of
their lives. Thousands of young people, toddlers
and teenagers, were placed into the institutions investigated by this
inquiry. Hundreds of others claim they were abused or neglected.
Victims and survivors of historical abuse can eventually pull the
curtain back over the shame of the last 73 years.
Here, here. The enquiry looked into a past, a
broken place. The ruins of countless damage lies and the scandal of
institutionalised abuse. We know that for the great majority
of applicants, this was the first time they had described the
experiences as children in residential care. Even in some cases
to members of their own family. The inquiry also investigated sexual
abuse at Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast. Despite years of
speculation about a Secret Service conspiracy, the inquiry found no
evidence of a cover-up. We are satisfied that Kincora was
not a homicidal brothel, nor used by any of the security agencies as a
honeypot to entrap blackmail or otherwise exploit homosexuals.
The sessions were attended by men and women, elderly and infirm. Adult
lives scarred by the memories, echoes from their past demanding to
be heard. Describing those experiences were
not always easy. Indeed, at times, it was clearly distressing and
painful. Report describes a new start call
document on a bleak period in Northern Ireland's past. An often
harrowing and heartbreaking account of damage lies. The future,
according to the report says McGraw authors, has a duty to remember and
provide redress. The apologies should be a
wholehearted and unconditional recognition of the failure to
protect -- protect children from abuse that should've been protected
-- prevented undetected. It should be a reminder of what many
children experienced in residential care for stop we have provided a
detailed framework for the recommended compensation scheme, and
for the redress board that would administer the compensation scheme.
This was an investigation focusing on abuse, but not the inquiry praise
the good work of many people walking in the suggestions. The report is
now available to the public. We have urged -- urged the new
executive in the Assembly temperament are recommendations and
to do so as a matter of priority after the election. We believe those
who have waited for so long for their voices to be heard deserve
nothing less. With reaction to the findings
of the Historical Institutional Institution after institution, from
local authority homes to secular homes. Homes run by the Catholic
Church, and one by the Church of Ireland. 22 in total. Those in
charge have issued an apology, an apology to those abused in their
care. Barnardo's in the past have
expressed our deep regret for what happened in those particular
children. We have said yet, yes, we did feel to protect those particular
children at that particular time. Does is bring shame to Barnardo's?
I don't think you bring shame, because we did exercise our duty of
care when we realised we had problems. We approach the inquiry
with openness and have taken responsibility to bring about change
and learn from the lessons. The largest number of complaints
related to four Sisters of Nazareth homes, much of the abuse was known
to members of the clergy. The report finds nothing was done to stop the
abuse. The report was discussed were proprietors today.
I think all of us must accept the findings of this report, a operate
fully the new Northern Ireland Executive in ensuring that proper
reparation is made, and proper outreach to those who have been hurt
or traumatised by these awful things, that that happens.
The Department of Health has conceded systemic failings on the
half of its predecessor, specifically in connection to
legislation. The Health Minister said...
Bernardo say that, while lessons have been learned, organisations
cannot rest on their laurels. Any organisation that says there is
no risk is very unwise. I think what's important is to be constantly
vigilant and constantly learning and improving our standards.
The Department of Justice say the findings of the report are being
carefully examined. Any new lessons to emerge from it will be an cut
upon. A murder investigation has begun
after the body of a woman was discovered at a house in Lurgan
early this morning. Police say she was
51-year-old Anita Downey. A man arrested on suspicion of her
murder remains in police custody. A postmortem examination is expected
to take place tomorrow. Police say a man has been arrested
in connection with recent social media posts that made serious
allegations against a It follows a series
of paramilitary-style The arrest followed the search
of a house in Sinn Fein are to reveal next Monday
who will replace Martin McGuinness. Politicians from across the board
have paid tribute to the former Deputy First Minister,
including the DUP MP Ian Paisley, who thanked him for his
contribution to peace. But how did that praise go
down in the DUP MP's We took to streets of
Ballymena to find out. I think it was measured. I think it
was of the time. It has to be said. I think it's hard to forget about
Martin's earlier life and what he did in that time will stop he's
never really come clean about that. A great deal of lettuce people in
this country, very few Christians. Mr Paisley showed he was a bridge in
last night. Did he go too far?
I would say yes. McGuinness, maybe he has tried his
best over the past ten years. Football man, Glentoran won three
now. After the recent gloom, we're
guaranteed something a little brighter. It is going to feel
chilly. We have night frost as well. A frosty one tonight, as the clouds
clear. Temperatures dropping to freezing, a couple of degrees or so
below that in rural areas. That will go slowly tomorrow, a lot of dry
weather, some sunshine too, and the best of that sunshine likely to be
in the morning time, before cloud starts to edge in in the afternoon.
A lot of sunshine, but cold after a frosty start tomorrow, applied
edging in from the North Sea into England. Also cloud from the south
west. This is likely to edge towards us in the early afternoon. The
bright and sunny spells coming through, but temperatures
struggling, only around 6 degrees. Cloudy on Sunday, some showers in
the east, mainly dry, but still quite chilly.
Our next BBC Newsline is at 5:20pm tomorrow afternoon, here on BBC One.