Patrick and William Murphy’s story

Group speaks with one angry voice – BBC News Young and vulnerable, some had no family of their own and no-one to protect them. Alone and with no support, they were brought to live in institutions where they hoped for love and care. What many of them found was as far from their ideal as … Continue reading

6,000 call for Northern Ireland abuse inquiry – Belfast Telegraph

An anti-abuse campaigner today said she believes justice is finally within her reach as she handed over a petition to the Assembly calling for a full inquiry into the torment suffered by hundreds of children in Catholic and state institutions here. Presenting the petition at Stormont, Margaret McGuckin — who suffered eight years of physical … Continue reading

Campaigners hand in abuse inquiry petition – RTE TV News

Broadcast by RTE TV on 2 November 2009.

MLAs vote for child abuse inquiry – BBC news

MLAs have backed the holding of an inquiry into the extent of child abuse in Catholic church and State-run institutions in Northern Ireland. It follows the damning Ryan Report in the Republic which uncovered decades of endemic abuse in some institutions. MLAs backed an SDLP motion calling for a similar assessment of the scale of … Continue reading

Nuns to accept petition from victims of abuse – South Belfast News

A South Belfast woman who suffered years of abuse whilst in the care of Nazareth House has described the order’s decision to accept her petition for recognition as a “major breakthrough”. Margaret McGuckin revealed this week that the Sisters of Nazareth, now based at Nazareth Care Village on the Ravenhill Road, had finally agreed to … Continue reading