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Kincora inquiry needs to be independent - Murphy

21 October, 2014 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said today that an independent inquiry is required into the role of MI5 and the British Intelligence services into the abuse of children at the Kincora Boys Home.

The Newry Armagh was speaking after British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers announced the case would be dealt with by the Historical Institution Abuse Inquiry.

Conor Murphy said:

“While I have full confidence in Judge Hart’s handling of the inquiry the reality is that the HIAI does not have the powers to compel members of the British intelligence services to give evidence.

“The British Intelligence services have already subverted two inquiries into abuse at the Kincora Boys Home.  

“Theresa Villiers’ assurance that MI5 and the Ministry of Defence will co-operate with Judge Hart does not inspire confidence. 

“It remains our view that only an independent investigation with the full powers to compel witnesses to give evidence will bring justice to the victims of abuse in Kincora.”    

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