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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.


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