Nothing positive in this open ended statement by Northern Ireland’s First minister, Peter Robinson. It is untrue to state victims groups don’t want an investigative inquiry! Deputy First minister Martin McGuinness doesn’t take that view and refers to the Cloyne Report as a case in point.
CASNI comment: The Stormont Executive’s child-abuse inquiry into the state-funded Roman Catholic Church children’s homes in Northern Ireland will not include children who were sexually abused in state-funded schools or parishes even though the same religious orders were widely involved in the abuse.
There will be no gain to victims whose lives were blighted by life under the regimes of the religious orders of the catholic church. The evidence of the scale of the sexual, physical and mental abuse has been on record for 35 years now! Financial compensation will not be given to the victims, neither will financial help to obtain legal assistance ever come out of any Stormont probe.