Colin Wallace: Files prove Kincora never properly examined

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The former Army intelligence officer who attempted to blow the whistle on the abuse of boys at Kincora has said that declassified files prove that the scandal has never been adequately investigated.

Colin Wallace, who has alleged that senior figures from public life visited the home to abuse and rape some of the boys, said that documents reported last week by the News Letter show that previous inquiries “were skilfully manipulated at Cabinet level to prevent the full story of child abuse from emerging”.

Files from the 1980s declassified at the Public Record Office in Belfast under the 30/20 Year Rule revealed a consensus among senior civil servants that the scandal should be investigated by the most thorough form of public inquiry – yet that did not happen.

Different high-ranking officials repeatedly gave the view that an inquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921 was unavoidable given the level of concern about allegations that boys had been abused over 20 years at Kincora by senior public figures and that their crimes had been covered up. But the officials were ultimately overruled.

Mr Wallace, who now lives in England, said the new documents provided “the best evidence to date” that past inquiries had been thwarted.

He told the News Letter: “Bearing in mind that the documents indicate that the manipulation most likely took place in London, there should now be a thorough investigation by the [current UK-wide] Goddard Inquiry into why both the Terry and Hughes Inquiries clearly failed to deliver the strong assurances which the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Prior, gave to Parliament.

“If this failure is not thoroughly investigated, there is no reason why the victims should be confident that similar manipulation might not occur again in the context of the current inquiries.”