Junior Ministers meet representatives of victims of historic institutional abuse

The Ministers met Margaret McGuckin, John Meehan and Jon McCourt, to discuss the various recommendations made in the Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA) response to the current consultation and to hear their views how an inquiry might be taken forward. Speaking after the meeting Junior Minister Bell said: “The importance of the help … Continue reading

Years of abuse, decades of neglect. Now child abuse survivors want justice – Slugger O’Toole

It’s been my privilege over the last eighteen months to work alongside survivors of institutional child abuse in their battle for justice. Since Margaret McGuckin and others started their campaign on behalf of the children – now adults – abused in institutions across Northern Ireland, hundreds of people have come forward with personal stories of … Continue reading

Victims oppose abuse probe immunity – Belfast Telegraph

Witnesses at a child abuse inquiry should not be offered immunity from prosecution, victims have said. Survivors said they oppose deal-making unless there are compelling reasons for doing so for an individual case. The Executive announced last December that it would hold an inquiry and appointed a taskforce to consider how it should be taken … Continue reading

Time for justice

Survivors of institutional child abuse from across Northern Ireland gathered on 13 May 2011 in Belfast to call on the incoming Northern Ireland Executive to deliver a public inquiry. The meeting of survivors – one of the largest gatherings yet of victims of institutional child abuse – agreed a detailed position paper on the inquiry, … Continue reading