• March 17, 2015


As yet another child abuse scandal breaks in the United Kingdom once again senior political figures and allegedly members of the UK Special Branch are said to be implicated.

However our focus remains firmly on the Kincora scandal and why Home Secretary Theresa May MP refused to include it with the remit of the Goddard Inquiry into historical child abuse.

We have written to the Home Office to express concern and also outlined the recently reinforced allegations that senior figures from British Military Intelligence knew about activities at Kincora in the 1970s.

“The United Kingdom Home Secretary
Theresa May
Home Office
2 Marsham Street

13th January 2015

Dear Minister,

I write to register our concern at your decision to exclude the Kincora Home child abuse scandal of the 1970s from the scope of the ‘Goddard inquiry’ into child sex abuse.

I note the reason you advance that child protection is now a devolved issue and therefore I presume your reasoning is that it falls within the purview of the Stormont Assembly.

However as you are well aware the events at Kincora took place at a time when the United Kingdom had instituted direct rule in Ulster and therefore from historical perspective the abuse perpetrated at the Home took place on the watch of the United Kingdom Government and that government should include analysis and identification of the perpetrators as part of the ‘Goddard remit’.

There is further and more cynical interpretation that has been put on your decision to exclude Kincora and that is that the UK government is continuing a cover-up of alleged involvement of the British Army and Intelligence services in the operation of the Home.

Amnesty International have already pointed out that the Stormont Assembly are quite willing to have Kincora included in ‘Goddard’ and they also point out that a ‘domestic inquiry’ set up by the Stormont Assembly would not have the ability to compel the Army and Intelligence services to cooperate.

Try as it may the British Government cannot stop the steady drip of allegations about your States involvement in the abuse of young people at the Home.

Only last month a former Captain in British Army intelligence, Brian Gemmell, told the Belfast Telegraph:

“”One soldier who worked for me told me after I left that he drove a civilian, who he now thinks was MI5 but never identified himself, from HQNI to a meeting in Kincora. He did it a couple of times.”

He went on:

“My intelligence NCO (non-commissioned officer) drove him to Kincora and he was inside for half-an-hour and then he drove him back. I am prepared to give the inquiry the name of the driver.”

He added:

“It didn’t really impact him that significantly at the time sitting outside in the car.

“He still has some papers on Kincora, too, so I think he could be useful.

“It was only that when things heated up about the whole Kincora issue that it struck him as odd, but being a good intelligence man he shut up and said nothing publicly.”

If it is true that ‘senior civilian personnel’ from HQNI was visiting the Home at the height of its infamy what on earth do you believe is the explanation?

These questions need to be resolved and in that respect we suggest that you review your decision to exclude Kincora from the overarching inquiry by Justice Goddard.

Yours sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League”

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J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League


(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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