George McKee’s story

I, George McKee, born in 1948, was placed into care at the Nazareth Lodge on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast sometime towards the mid to late 1950s as my father had taken T.B. and my mother a mental breakdown. My brother and sisters were also in care under the Nazareth Sisters. I was beaten often for … Continue reading

Inquiry into Institutional Child Abuse expected – Irish News

An Inquiry into Institutional Child Abuse in the North is expected to be set up within the next few months following the completion of a key report. The report, which recommends what form the inquiry should take, will be given to the First Minister and deputy First Minister by Friday. Victims of abuse have said … Continue reading

Latest statement from OFMdFM on institutional child abuse

From NI Assembly official report: Oral Answers to Questions – 27 June 2011 Office of the First and deputy First Minister Child Abuse 5. Mr Brady asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the progress that has been made by the task force on historical institutional child abuse. (AQO 183/11-15) Mr M … Continue reading

What we want: justice, truth, redress

Participation in decision-making Victim participation will be key in establishing confidence and trust in this process. Participation in the Inquiry should be designed and supported to be a safe experience. There should be a ‘reference group’ of survivors to assist in ensuring that survivors’ voices are heard. Independent Public Inquiry Anything short of an independent, public, judge-led Inquiry … Continue reading

Abuse victims would protest against Pope – South Belfast News

The head of the main survivors of institutional abuse group here has said the organisation could protest the Pope’s expected visit to Ireland next year if they do not receive an apology by the Catholic Church before then. Lower Ormeau woman Margaret McGuckin, who leads the Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse group, said Pope … Continue reading

Institutional child abuse: a timely reminder from Geneva – Slugger O’Toole

There came a timely reminder from Geneva this week. It got a mention en passant in Mick’s piece earlier, and the Prime Time programme (available on RTE Player until 28 June) does provide an excellent catch-up / analysis, but the subject matter truly merits much closer study. That’s the Concluding Observations by the UN Committee on … Continue reading