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Inquiry into Kincora must be independent

20 July, 2014 - by Michelle Gildernew

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said comments today by former British intelligence officer Colin Wallace shows any inquiry into abuse at Kincora Boys Home must be international and fully independent.

 Michelle Gildernew said:

 “Colin Wallace said today that senior British intelligence officers covered up the abuse of children at the home as early as 1973. That was a full eight years before three senior staff members were convicted of abusing 11 boys at Kincora.

 “Wallace has also stated that British intelligence officers were told not to investigate the abuse and that evidence from British intelligence was withheld from two inquiries into Kincora.

 “The British state is clearly unwilling and incapable of investigating its own agents and intelligence services.

 “The British government has spent decades trying to cover up the activities of its intelligence services in Ireland.

 “Any inquiry into the abuse of children at the Kincora Boys Home during the 1970s needs to be international, independent and have the powers to subpoena witnesses and access documents.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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