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Thursday 18 January 2018

Kincora sex abuse 'must be included in UK probe'

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson

Alan Murray

David Cameron has been urged to include sex abuse at a Belfast boy's home in a government investigation after a former British army intelligence officer claimed he was ordered to stop probing the allegations by a senior MI5 officer.

The North's first minister has described the allegations surrounding a paedophile and spy ring at Kincora Boys' Home in the 1970s as a "national scandal" that must be fully investigated.

Peter Robinson has revealed that he has written to the British prime minister urging him to include the Kincora scandal in an 
ongoing Westminster probe into allegations that prominent figures in Britain, including MPs, abused children at care homes and brought them to London to abuse them.

On Friday, former army intelligence officer Brian Gemmell claimed he presented a report on abuse claims at the east Belfast home in 1975 after recruiting intelligence sources from within it, but was ordered by a senior MI5 officer to halt his investigation and drop his Kincora agents.

In 1981, three members of the Kincora staff were each jailed for periods of between four and five years for abusing 11 boys in the home. One abuser, William McGrath, a prominent Orangeman, is suspected of being an MI5 agent who entrapped paedophile unionist politicians in activities with boys at the home.

It has also been claimed by a former resident at the home that boys were brought from the home to England where further sexual abuse was 
carried out.

Gemmell's allegation supports earlier claims by a former British army press officer, Colin Wallace, that the military knew in 1973 
that boys were being abused at the boys' home, which is now closed.

Sunday Independent

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