Monday, July 13, 2009

N.Ireland MP calls for probe into child abuse

belfasttelegraph.co.uk
DUP MP issues call for probe into child abuse
By Noel McAdam
Monday, 13 July 2009


A DUP MP has called for a Ryan report-style investigation into the abuse of children in religious and other institutions in Northern Ireland.


David Simpson also said he hopes to secure the support of Children’s Commissioner Patricia Lewsley later this month for a public inquiry to establish the scale of the problem in the province in the wake of the Ryan revelations in the Republic.

“Whilst there have been individual cases brought against people accused of abusing children in their care in Northern Ireland, such as the prosecution of Brendan Smyth, a member of the Norbertine Order, there has not been a serious investigation into the scale of the problem of child abuse by religious orders and other institutions in Northern Ireland,” the Upper Bann MP argued.

“The Ryan Report showed the extent of the problem in the Republic of Ireland.

“I believe we need to establish the facts surrounding just what went on in Northern Ireland.

“Many lives have been ruined by the child abuse inflicted by those who were in a position of trust.

“We need to establish how many in order to secure compensation and to help those who have suffered,” he added.

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