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The Government has declined to commit to passing legislation at Westminster to implement recommendations of a major historical abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she faced a constitutional "challenge" because there was uncertainty over what approach Stormont ministers would have taken if powersharing was still…
A senior Sinn Fein politician has revealed a notorious paedophile priest physically abused him when he was a schoolboy and tried to sexually groom him. Conor Murphy has recounted how the late Malachy Finnegan dragged him into an office and savagely beat him with a stick before asking a series…
It would be "constitutionally inappropriate" if the UK Government stepped in to approve the payment of compensation to victims of historical abuse in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has said. The Northern Ireland Secretary also indicated she would consider any proposals from the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service as…
The Government would be acting unconstitutionally if it stepped in to pay compensation to abuse victims in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has insisted. The Secretary of State said an intervention on the emotive issue would undermine the terms of 1998 peace agreement. Mrs Bradley has faced criticism for not taking…
A former Irish president has revealed her youngest brother was "seriously, physically, sadistically" abused by a paedophile priest Fr Malachy Finnegan. Mary McAleese said her brother only revealed the abuse at the age of 49. She said the physical abuse happened throughout his seven years at St Colman's College in…
Kincora child abuse survivor Clint Massey has died. Mr Massey spent eight months in the notorious East Belfast residential home aged 16. It opened on Belfast's Upper Newtownards Road, close to Stormont's Parliament Buildings in May 1958 and closed in October 1980 following the sex abuse scandal. Survivors' campaigner Margaret…
Survivors of historic child abuse have made a desperate plea for Stormont politicians to restore Northern Ireland's devolved government. Victims and campaigners were at Parliament buildings as a fresh round of talks to save the government started on Wednesday. In an impassioned appeal, Margaret McGuckin, who suffered abuse at a…
Victims of historical child abuse have urged Northern Ireland's politicians to release compensation which has been blocked due to Stormont's collapse, as talks aimed at restoring powersharing enter their final hours. SAVIA - Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse, which represents people who were abused at institutions, called on Northern…
A brother of abuse victims campaigner Billy McConville has urged politicians in Northern Ireland to fulfil his dying wish and compensate those who suffered. Mr McConville, 50, died at the weekend after a battle with cancer. He was the son of IRA "Disappeared" murder victim Jean McConville. After her killing…
Victims of historical child abuse in Northern Ireland have been told they will not receive promised financial compensation for at least another 10 months because of the political crisis. Many have been left devastated to discover that no provision was made in the 2017/18 budget to cover the scheme. Politicians…
Theresa May must immediately implement a promised redress scheme for victims of historical child abuse in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Unionist Party has said. The collapse of Stormont has meant that victims have been left without any redress, despite promises of a public apology, compensation and counselling following a major…
Historical abuse survivors have accused Northern Ireland's politicians of putting their own needs before victims as they continue to wait for financial payments promised 17 months ago. Victims have warned that many have been left suicidal or facing financial ruin as the current Stormont impasse means that the findings and…
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