The Belfast Telegraph and the BBC are reporting on calls by Amnesty International that the former Kincora Boys' Home be included in the terms of reference of the child abuse inquiry just announced by the English Home Secretary, Theresa May.
"Kincora is the subject of an ongoing public inquiry launched into historical institutional abuse here.
But Amnesty's Northern Ireland director Patrick Corrigan pointed out the inquiry has limited powers and cannot compel the release of files from either Whitehall or the secret services 'where any secrets are likely to lie buried'."Mr. Corrigan's words suggest that he views a cover-up involving the intelligence services as at least a possibility — one requiring to be ruled out once and for all. Given the persistent rumours surrounding the home and the lack of public faith in government transparency, that seems only sensible.
Interestingly, the Bel-Tel piece also claims that "a former religious preacher involved in loyalist circles, who was a suspect in the Kincora abuse scandal, walked free because of perjured evidence."
The Blether Region is aware of one preacher who reportedly had a relationship with a former inmate of Kincora and who within the last few years had to relinquish his position at a British-Israelite micro-church when he was found to have been embezzling funds to pay for rent-boys. He was also a mentor to at least one individual convicted of Loyalist offences during the early days of the peace process. In fact, he seems to share several elements in his biography with William McGrath, the agent provocateur, who was reportedly a friend.
That is not to say that he is the person in question, however, or that he is guilty of child abuse.
Both the victims and those who are the subject of speculation deserve to have their day in court.