20/01/2017 BBC Newsline


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A major inquiry into historical abuse of children in

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Northern Ireland has found there was widespread mistreatment

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at homes run by the state, the church and charities over

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The inquiry's chair - Sir Anthony Hart -

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recommended the Stormont Executive make an official apology,

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and pay compensation of up to ?100,000 to each victim.

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He also dismissed long-standing allegations that the security

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services consipired in abuse at the notorious

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Our reporter Kevin Sharkey has followed the inquiry's work since

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The inquiry investigated the physical, emotional and sexual abuse

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and neglect of children who are under 18 years of age. There were

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public hearings into a total of 22 of the homes. During its work, at

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the inquiry sought evidence and vast amounts of historical evidence from

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seven states, church, and charitable organisations. Today, a judgment on

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that past. A long and painful journey from

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troubled childhoods. Decades of suffering, years of campaigning,

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today, a vindication. There are individuals who provided

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excellent care, and there were others who were cruel and abusive.

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Sexually, physically and emotionally, towards children for

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whom the responsible. This abuse has affected many people for the rest of

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their lives. Thousands of young people, toddlers

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and teenagers, were placed into the institutions investigated by this

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inquiry. Hundreds of others claim they were abused or neglected.

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Victims and survivors of historical abuse can eventually pull the

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curtain back over the shame of the last 73 years.

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Here, here. The enquiry looked into a past, a

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broken place. The ruins of countless damage lies and the scandal of

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institutionalised abuse. We know that for the great majority

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of applicants, this was the first time they had described the

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experiences as children in residential care. Even in some cases

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to members of their own family. The inquiry also investigated sexual

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abuse at Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast. Despite years of

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speculation about a Secret Service conspiracy, the inquiry found no

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evidence of a cover-up. We are satisfied that Kincora was

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not a homicidal brothel, nor used by any of the security agencies as a

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honeypot to entrap blackmail or otherwise exploit homosexuals.

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The sessions were attended by men and women, elderly and infirm. Adult

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lives scarred by the memories, echoes from their past demanding to

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be heard. Describing those experiences were

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not always easy. Indeed, at times, it was clearly distressing and

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painful. Report describes a new start call

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document on a bleak period in Northern Ireland's past. An often

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harrowing and heartbreaking account of damage lies. The future,

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according to the report says McGraw authors, has a duty to remember and

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provide redress. The apologies should be a

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wholehearted and unconditional recognition of the failure to

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protect -- protect children from abuse that should've been protected

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-- prevented undetected. It should be a reminder of what many

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children experienced in residential care for stop we have provided a

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detailed framework for the recommended compensation scheme, and

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for the redress board that would administer the compensation scheme.

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This was an investigation focusing on abuse, but not the inquiry praise

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the good work of many people walking in the suggestions. The report is

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now available to the public. We have urged -- urged the new

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executive in the Assembly temperament are recommendations and

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to do so as a matter of priority after the election. We believe those

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who have waited for so long for their voices to be heard deserve

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nothing less. With reaction to the findings

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of the Historical Institutional Institution after institution, from

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local authority homes to secular homes. Homes run by the Catholic

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Church, and one by the Church of Ireland. 22 in total. Those in

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charge have issued an apology, an apology to those abused in their

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care. Barnardo's in the past have

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expressed our deep regret for what happened in those particular

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children. We have said yet, yes, we did feel to protect those particular

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children at that particular time. Does is bring shame to Barnardo's?

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I don't think you bring shame, because we did exercise our duty of

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care when we realised we had problems. We approach the inquiry

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with openness and have taken responsibility to bring about change

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and learn from the lessons. The largest number of complaints

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related to four Sisters of Nazareth homes, much of the abuse was known

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to members of the clergy. The report finds nothing was done to stop the

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abuse. The report was discussed were proprietors today.

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I think all of us must accept the findings of this report, a operate

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fully the new Northern Ireland Executive in ensuring that proper

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reparation is made, and proper outreach to those who have been hurt

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or traumatised by these awful things, that that happens.

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The Department of Health has conceded systemic failings on the

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half of its predecessor, specifically in connection to

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legislation. The Health Minister said...

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Bernardo say that, while lessons have been learned, organisations

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cannot rest on their laurels. Any organisation that says there is

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no risk is very unwise. I think what's important is to be constantly

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vigilant and constantly learning and improving our standards.

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The Department of Justice say the findings of the report are being

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carefully examined. Any new lessons to emerge from it will be an cut

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upon. A murder investigation has begun

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after the body of a woman was discovered at a house in Lurgan

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early this morning. Police say she was

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51-year-old Anita Downey. A man arrested on suspicion of her

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murder remains in police custody. A postmortem examination is expected

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to take place tomorrow. Police say a man has been arrested

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in connection with recent social media posts that made serious

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allegations against a It follows a series

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of paramilitary-style The arrest followed the search

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of a house in Sinn Fein are to reveal next Monday

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who will replace Martin McGuinness. Politicians from across the board

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have paid tribute to the former Deputy First Minister,

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including the DUP MP Ian Paisley, who thanked him for his

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contribution to peace. But how did that praise go

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down in the DUP MP's We took to streets of

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Ballymena to find out. I think it was measured. I think it

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was of the time. It has to be said. I think it's hard to forget about

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Martin's earlier life and what he did in that time will stop he's

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never really come clean about that. A great deal of lettuce people in

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this country, very few Christians. Mr Paisley showed he was a bridge in

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last night. Did he go too far?

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I would say yes. McGuinness, maybe he has tried his

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best over the past ten years. Football man, Glentoran won three

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now. After the recent gloom, we're

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guaranteed something a little brighter. It is going to feel

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chilly. We have night frost as well. A frosty one tonight, as the clouds

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clear. Temperatures dropping to freezing, a couple of degrees or so

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below that in rural areas. That will go slowly tomorrow, a lot of dry

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weather, some sunshine too, and the best of that sunshine likely to be

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in the morning time, before cloud starts to edge in in the afternoon.

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A lot of sunshine, but cold after a frosty start tomorrow, applied

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edging in from the North Sea into England. Also cloud from the south

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west. This is likely to edge towards us in the early afternoon. The

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bright and sunny spells coming through, but temperatures

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struggling, only around 6 degrees. Cloudy on Sunday, some showers in

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the east, mainly dry, but still quite chilly.

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Our next BBC Newsline is at 5:20pm tomorrow afternoon, here on BBC One.

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