Can a cost be put on redress?

The task of trying to put a value on a potential redress scheme is daunting, but is one which is being tackled in Northern Ireland and is likely to be considered in Scotland and England and Wales.

On Monday 17 October representatives of victims and survivors groups in Northern Ireland presented a paper entitled “A Cost Analysis of A Proposed Redress Scheme for Historical Institutional Abuse” in the Long Gallery at Stormont. In the room were survivors and victims, MLAs and members of the media.

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Facebook evidence to be preserved for civil proceedings

The issue of abuse and how it relates to our everyday lives was again highlighted in a new ruling in the High Court in Northern Ireland.  An unidentified woman has succeeded in obtaining an order against Facebook which requires them to freeze access to accounts held by two individuals. This comes in parallel proceedings to a claim by the lady against the individuals for damages for breach of privacy.  This order bans the users from accessing or altering their accounts in any way.

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HIA starts hearing Kincora evidence

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) will start hearing evidence into allegations of abuse in Kincora.

This follows the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland last week rejecting the Judicial Review application by Gary Hoy, a former resident of Kincora Home.

The Module will open today (31 May) and former residents and staff are likely to be called to give evidence.  It is also believed that MI5 and MI6 have agreed to participate although it is not clear if they will provide direct evidence.


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Written by Fintan Canavan, partner

Kincora update

Further to our earlier blog on the issue of the overlap between inquiries judgment has now been given in the case of Gary Hoy, a former resident of Kincora, who sought to have the matters relating to the former children’s home at Kincora reviewed as part of the Goddard Inquiry.

Mr Hoy’s appeal failed. The Lord Chief Justice confirmed that the HIA could continue to investigate the matter under their terms of reference. Mr Hoy shouted “cover up” as he left the court.


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Written by Fintan Canavan, partner

“Common Experience” Redress payments

Earlier this year the University of Ulster (UUJ) along with Amnesty International (AI) met with representatives of those who had been in residential care in Northern Ireland and their legal representatives to discuss the issue of redress.  The issue of redress arose again yesterday when former residents of homes protested outside Stormont demanding interim payments towards redress be made now.

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Overlap between Inquiries

As five key inquiries proceed in to matters relating to child sexual abuse there is clearly potential for overlap and the need for organisations to prepare to be involved in more than one Inquiry. Equally some victims may wish to participate in more than one or a different Inquiry. A former resident of the Kincora boys home in Northern Ireland wanted just that.

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Truth in numbers

As Operation Hydrant suggests there will be 30000 new reports of child sexual abuse during the life of the IICSA and the Truth Project opens in Manchester consideration can be made of experiences of other jurisdictions and the impact for England & Wales.
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