NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
The ‘Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’ also known as the Goddard Inquiry has responded to a query sent by the Celtic League asking if the Inquiry would ensure its remit covered abuse in the military cadet forces and also the unrelated scandal surrounding the Kincora Boys Home in Belfast.
In relation to the military cadet forces they say:
“Please note that the Inquiry’s terms of Reference set out that we will consider whether state or non-state institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse. This will include the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence. Your correspondence has therefore been logged by the Secretariat and may be considered further by the Inquiry in line with our Terms of Reference. Should we require any additional information we may contact you again in due course”
In relation to Kincora they say:
“Your comments about the Kincora Boys Home have been logged and may be considered further.”
The confirmation from the Inquiry about the military cadet forces is welcomed by the Celtic League as we have highlighted how the Ministry of Defence have tried to buy their way out of the scandals surrounding abuse of children.
In respect of Kincora the qualified response is not unexpected as the Home Secretary has deliberately excluded that scandal from the ‘Goddard’ remit to protect senior UK political figures and the military intelligence services that had an involvement at Kincora.
However, both the Inquiry and the UK government may well be forced to include the goings on at what was dubbed ‘the House of Horrors’ in Belfast. As we reported recently a Kincora victim is seeking a judicial review to ensure the issue does come under scrutiny.
J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)
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