Kincora Boys' Home

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"The Kincora Boys' Home was a boys' home in Belfast, Northern Ireland that was the scene of serious organised child sexual abuse, causing a scandal and attempted cover-up in 1980, with credible allegations of state collusion. The Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry began examining allegations relating to the Home on 31 May 2016, including claims that there was a paedophile ring at the home with links to the intelligence services; Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said that all state agencies would co-operate with the inquiry. On 20 January 2017, the Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry concluded that the Kincora Boys' Home did not contain a major pedophile ring. Rather, it was four Catholic-run homes for boys in the Belfast area which had been a major source of pedophile activity and that the local police, who had poorly investigated the reports of sex abuse at Kincora during the 1970s, were cooperating with the local Catholic officials in covering up the sex abuse."


Articles

  • 23March2013 & Updated 3Sept2014 (The Mirror) [2] - Police re-open child sex abuse investigation at Kincora boys home in Belfast - The probe will cover attacks on boys over two decades at the home in Northern Ireland – suspected to have been regularly visited by establishment figures
"...reopened an investigation...linked to claims of a cover-up by the secret service to protect top level perverts, the Sunday People reports... probe will cover attacks on boys over two decades at the Kincora home in Northern Ireland – suspected to have been regularly visited by establishment figures...Sources told the investigative ­website Exaro that the Police Service of Northern Ireland is ­asking to interview former residents. Kincora was home to 168 boys aged 15 to 18 between 1963 and 1968...Three senior care staff were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys...feared there were many more victims and abusers...suggestions that paedophilia at Kincora was linked to Anglo-Irish relations and British intelligence services...unsubstantiated claims that visitors to the home in East Belfast included military, ­politicians and civil servants...PSNI returned to the Kincora files as a result of information ­received by a public inquiry launched last May into “historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland”....looking at abuse in residential institutions in the province between 1922 and 1995 and is due to report in 2016...new probe comes 28 years after a public inquiry chaired by Judge William Hughes ruled there had been no extensive ring of abusers centred on Kincora... in 1982, local politician Joshua Cardwell had committed suicide after being questioned over Kincora. He was an East Belfast ­councillor who had chaired the committee responsible for children’s homes in the city... 1996 book, which claimed one of the convicted child abusers, William McGrath, was an MI5 agent. The Kincora Scandal, by ex-BBC journalist Chris Moore, alleged prominent unionist William McGrath had sickening sex attacks on kids covered up. The book said two police probes were obstructed by “the establishment” in Britain. William McGrath, the housefather of Kincora, was dubbed “The Beast” by detectives. He was said to be leader of a shadowy paramilitary-style organisation of fanatical Protestants called Tara... also said to be linked to senior unionist politicians, including Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley...Police were ­anonymously tipped off about William McGrath a decade before his ­arrest. The call is ­alleged to have been made by a man who was also involved in the Orange Order and the Tara movement. He fell out with William McGrath and later repeatedly attempted to ­expose his involvement in Kincora. In 1990 the BBC programme Public Eye claimed the man made allegations about William McGrath in 1975. Those claims were passed to MI5, according to a former Army ­intelligence officer who was said to have been blocked from doing ­anything with the information. Former Army press officer Colin Wallace, who was based in Belfast, has insisted the authorities knew boys were being abused at Kincora six years before they acted. The home was opened in 1958 and run by health authorities. It closed in 1980 and three senior members of staff were suspended. They were later convicted of 23 sexual offences against 11 boys in their care between 1960 and 1980. Joseph Mains, the warden at Kincora, and his deputy Raymond Semple both admitted all charges. William McGrath denied the allegations but changed his plea at Belfast Crown Court. It was claimed in court that abuse took place in bedrooms, while boys were watching ­television, in the toilets and on the first floor landing. William McGrath,and Raymond Semple got four years each and Joseph Mains got six. William McGrath continued to be the ­subject of speculation because of his links to religion and a loyalist Orange lodge... a PSNI spokesman said: “There is currently a public inquiry on-going in relation to ­historical abuse. Individuals are being encouraged to contact Judge Hart, who is heading the inquiry... as reported by the Sunday People and Exaro last week...."
  • 7April2015 [3] - Richard Kerr: I was trafficked from Kincora Boys' Home to be abused by a ring of VIPs in London - 'Powerful people' behind sex ordeal of former Belfast boys home resident ...See Also: Victims speaking out
  • 20Jan2017 [4] - Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry singles out police and church - Report on historical abuse in 22 church, state and charity-run homes accuses RUC and Catholic hierarchy of serious failings

Organizations, Investigators, or People specifically mentioned/involved

  • Raymond Semple - Joseph Mains ' deputy
  • Joseph Mains - warden at Kincora
  • William McGrath- the housefather of Kincora, one of the convicted child abusers
  • Colin Wallace - Former Army press officer
  • Ian Paisley - Democratic Unionist Party leader
  • Keir Starmer - the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • London’s Metropolitan Police paedophile unit - two ongoing investigations?
  • PSNI - Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • BBC programme Public Eye
  • Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers
  • Retired judge Sir Anthony Hart - chairing the inquiry
  • Judge William Hughes - previously chaired public inquiry
  • Chris Moore - ex-BBC journalist (made? authored?) 'The Kincora Scandal'
  • 'fake' Justice Goddard ?

Timeline

  • 1958 - Kincora home was opened
  • 1963 and 1968 - Kincora was home to 168 boys aged 15 to 18 between
  • 1970s - reports of sex abuse at Kincora
  • 1980 - Kincora closed
  • 1981 - Three senior care staff were jailed for abusing 11 boys
  • 1982 - local politician Joshua Cardwell committed suicide after being questioned over Kincora
  • 1990 - BBC programme Public Eye claimed the anon made allegations about McGrath in 1975
  • 1991 - Mcgrath died
  • 1996 - (book) 'The Kincora Scandal' by Chris Moore
  • 31May2016 - began examining allegations relating to the Home
  • 20Jan2017 - Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry concluded that the Kincora Boys' Home did not contain a major pedophile ring

See Also