April 11, 2016
As I suggested yesterday, following the statement released by Colin Wallace and after talking to Richard Kerr HERE, yet another key witness with information regarding the Kincora child abuse cover-up has decided not to participate in the Northern Ireland Hart Abuse Inquiry.
Roy Garland was William McGrath’s deputy in Tara, which was for a short time allied to the unionist paramilitary group, the UVF. William McGrath was employed at Kincora Boys Home from 1971 – around this time Garland had started to hear allegations from younger Tara members that McGrath had made sexual advances toward them and left Tara. William McGrath was later convicted of abuse at Kincora and sentenced to four years in 1981. Roy Garland had been one of the key individuals who had helped to expose William McGrath.
Historical Institutions Abuse Inquiry
11 April 2016
STATEMENT BY ROY GARLAND
The demands of victims that an investigation into historical abuse at the Kincora Boys Hostel should be taken up by the Goddard inquiry have finally been denied by the High Court. This is deeply disappointing because only the Goddard inquiry has the right to compel witnesses. Survivors are now likely to live out their lives with an inadequate understanding of why the abuse could continue despite many complaints made down the years.
Furthermore, over four decades of abuse of young Christians at Faith House – a Belfast evangelical residential institution – appears to have been excluded from consideration by all inquiries. Thus the explanation for the continued abuse over the decades of scores and possibly hundreds of young Christians – mainly male but also females and some children – may now never be known. While the High Court denies Kincora survivors the possibility of being part of the Goddard Inquiry, Faith House appears to be excluded from all inquiries. Yet Faith House and Kincora were intimately linked through a prominent abuser.
Attempts were, it seems, made in every decade from the 1940s to at least the 1980s to stop the abuse. The police were occasionally informed and more latterly Military Intelligence. Some whistle blowers have faced risks to life and limb in trying to expose the abuse, yet it seem the truth will continue to elude us.
As with the Hughes Inquiry that I had agreed to attend but ultimately was not invited to participate in, the Hart Inquiry is unlikely to be capable of taking adequate steps because of legal restrictions.
It is for this reason that I have decided I do not wish to take part in the Historical Institutions Abuse Inquiry now operating at Banbridge.
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry – Statement by Colin Wallace9 April 2016~
“The High Court Judgement will have come as a bitter blow to a great many people, not least of all to the victims of abuse at Kincora and at other homes in Northern Ireland..The harsh reality is that the Government has seen fit to provide the HIA with significantly less powers than the Goddard Inquiry, yet it has provided no cogent reason for why this difference is necessary. That appears to me to me to be manifestly unfair. This discrepancy is all the more significant bearing in mind the total failure of previous Inquiries to uncover the full facts..I have no doubt whatsoever that the members of the HIA are totally committed to establishing the truth about what occurred in Kincora, but I do not believe that this can be achieved without the same legal powers as the Goddard Inquiry. Commitment by itself does not provide answers..I fully accept that most of the really sensitive Intelligence information about Kincora and related matters will have been destroyed years ago, but that should not preclude the HIA from having the powers to compel disclosure, or the attendance of witnesses. As I know from bitter personal experience, expecting Whitehall simply to volunteer ‘sensitive’ information is totally pointless. Also, having been involved in the Saville Inquiry into ‘Bloody Sunday’ I am very conscious that the Government’s approach to that Inquiry was strikingly different – even the former Prime Minister, Edward Heath, was required to attend, give evidence and be cross examined..In addition, the growing amount of evidence – including new revelations about Dr Morris Fraser – which shows strong links between child abuse in Ireland and England, makes the current separation of the two Inquiries a bureaucratic nonsense. Is the sexual abuse of children in London really more significant than the sexual abuse of children in Northern Ireland?.Sadly, in the current circumstances, I feel that no useful purpose would be served by my participation in the HIA. However, I am sure that other members of the Security Forces, including the Intelligence Services, who have knowledge of child abuse in Northern Ireland during the relevant period will make up their own minds about whether or not they should participate in the Inquiry.”