East Belfast MLA Mr Lyttle said Kincora Boys’ Home, which has been the focus of allegations regarding MI5 cover-up of the systematic abuse that took place there, should have been included in the Home Office’s inquiry from the beginning. The investigation is being chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard.
Chris Lyttle MLA said: “The inclusion of Kincora in this inquiry received cross-community support in the Assembly after an Alliance motion and it was also pursued vigorously by my colleague Naomi Long during her time as East Belfast MP, as well as receiving the backing of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
“The very nature of the alleged security service role in the cover-up means the Northern Ireland abuse inquiry chaired by Sir Anthony Hart does not have the requisite powers to compel evidence from those we need to hear from the most.
“Today’s opening of the Home Office probe is another reminder for the victims and survivors of Kincora that they continue to face an uphill struggle to get the truth and justice they deserve.”