Lyttle says Kincora files discovery fuel case for inquiry inclusion

East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle has said new Government files containing further allegations around Kincora Boys’ Home only further fuel the case for its inclusion in the Home Office’s child abuse inquiry.

Alliance MLA Mr Lyttle was speaking after the files, which remained undiscovered because they had not been properly catalogued, were handed over to the Northern Ireland Historical Abuse Inquiry (HAI). Although their details have not been made public, they are believed to contain claims about the notorious East Belfast home made by ex-Army whistle-blower Colin Wallace, including naming former Government figures alleged to have been involved in high-ranking paedophile rings.

“The claims of a cover-up by security forces around Kincora will only be added to by these files and the fact we now know Government officials were discussing the home throughout the 1980s and 90s,” said Mr Lyttle.

“Systematic abuse took place at this house. The nature of that abuse and alleged cover-up are unable to be investigated in the way they should be by the HAI. Only the Home Office’s inquiry has the power of compulsion to ask the people who need to be quizzed the questions that will bring truth and justice to the survivors and victims of Kincora.”

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