Call for inquiry into alleged abuse of children by North paramilitaries

Queen's University Belfast (Pic: Wikimedia Commons)

A new report has called for a full commission of inquiry into the alleged sexual and physical abuse of children by paramilitaries in the North.

The new study by Professor Liam Kennedy of Queen's University Belfast says over 500 children have been beaten, mutilated or shot by paramilitaries since 1990.

He says he has raised the 'rough justice' attacks on children with Sinn Féin's leader Gerry Adams, and will be forwarding the full report to the Government and all TDs in the Dáil.

Professor Liam Kennedy also said that any Inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse made by Mairia Cahill's should also take punishment attacks into account.

"Shooting in the legs children as young as 15 years of age, beating children as young as 14 years of age with all the physical and psychological damage that goes with that," he said.

"It would be a missed opportunity not to really give a voice to those victims who are condemned to silence."

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