Kincora Boys’ Home: Inquiry to examine abuse claims – BBC News
An inquiry into historical child sex abuse in Northern Ireland is due to begin examining allegations relating to the former Kincora Boys’ Home.
At least 29 boys were abused at the east Belfast home between the late 1950s and the early 1980s.
Three senior care staff at Kincora were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys.
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) is expected to look at claims a paedophile ring at the home had links to the intelligence services.
There have been allegations that people in positions of authority and influence knew what was happening at the home and that they covered it up.
Both MI5 and MI6 have agreed to be central participants in the HIA inquiry but some campaigners had wanted Kincora to be investigated as part of the wider Westminster inquiry into historical child abuse, which they argue has more powers.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, led by Justice Lowell Goddard, is investigating whether institutions including local authorities, the police and the BBC have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales.
Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May ruled out extending the Goddard inquiry to include Kincora, stating that child protection was a devolved matter.
And last week victim Gary Hoy, 54, lost an appeal to overturn a ruling to keep investigations into child sex abuse at the home, which is now closed, within the remit of the HIA.
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has insisted that all state agencies will co-operate with the inquiry.
The HIA is led by retired judge Sir Anthony Hart and was set up in 2013 to investigate child abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland over a 73-year period, up to 1995.
These included a range of institutions, run by the church, state and voluntary sector.
The HIA is sitting at Banbridge Courthouse and the hearing is expected to last up to three days.