UUP leader calls for Kincora Boys Home to be included in abuse inquiry

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt
UUP leader Mike Nesbitt

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt MLA has backed the call for the UK Government to include the Kincora Boys Home in east Belfast in its inquiry into how public bodies dealt with allegations of child abuse.

Mr Nesbitt spoke out this morning after a victim of the boys’ home spoke to the BBC about his abuse and said the home should be included in a government inquiry into child sex abuse.

Mr Nesbitt said: “For most of my adult life, there have been persistent rumours about who was either involved, or knew of what was going on but said nothing. It is long past the time when we pay our debt to the victims by exposing the wrong-doing that took place at Kincora.”

He said his calling for the inquiry to include Kincora “is not a criticism of the current Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry headed by Sir Anthony Hart”.

He added: “Rather it is an acknowledgement that the HIA’s Terms of Reference limit him to examine ‘if there were systemic failings by institutions or the state in their duties towards those children in their care....’.

“The point about Kincora is that abuse was carried out, not as part of a systemic policy, but as a horrible, murky attempt to use children to gain control over prominent public figures.”