VIDEO: Securing justice for child abuse victims – Chris Moore

Chris Moore is a campaigning, investigative journalist whose name has become synonymous with the search for truth about organised child abuse in Northern Ireland.

In this talk at the RightsNI Live! event from December 11th 2012, he gives a glimpse into some of his investigations, from his work on the Kincora children’s home scandal in the 1980s, serial-abuser Fr Brendan Smyth in the 1990s, through to the campaigns by abuse victims for public inquiries in recent years.

Throughout many years of investigations, Moore has been persistent in pursuit of the facts, often in the face of opposition and obfuscation from the highest levels of church and state.

Organised child abuse and its concealment are issues which continue to both repulse and intrigue. Among many in Northern Ireland there is a palpable sense that cover-up persists in some quarters. On December 30th Sam McBride noted in the News Letter that no files on Kincora were released under the thirty year rule, despite it being a high profile matter dealt with by government during 1982.

However, there is also now a real prospect of light being shed into dark corners. Last month, the legislation to establish the historic institutional abuse inquiry passed its final hurdle in the Northern Ireland Assembly. While not perfect, the legislation provides the statutory powers to Justice Anthony Hart to investigate wrong-doing in children’s homes, care institutions and borstals during the period 1922-1995.

Still in the dark, however, are victims of (non institution-based) clerical child abuse in Northern Ireland, who continue to call for an inquiry into the crimes and cover-ups which they have suffered. Perhaps 2013 will see some real progress being achieved there.

Moore’s experience of investigating abuse in Northern Ireland leaves him doubtful:

It’s as if the system doesn’t want to listen to children. They’ve got rights. Does anybody care? It doesn’t appear so. The state doesn’t care. If it suits them, children can be raped and abused.

It’s a chilling thought.

  • Aka William Beaton

    Anyone of a decent calibre can admire and appreciate Mr.Moore’s good work and investigative efforts in uncovering high level british state led paedophile rings. His assertion that the ( british ) state doesn’t care about children being raped and abused is indeed a chilling assumption but from my experience of the the preceding past decade i would go a step further to suggest that what occurred in the 1970s at the Kincora boys home in East Belfast and the eventual convictions of those in charge of said children’s home was not the ending of high level establishment paedophile activities. A leopard never changes its spots in the same way that a paedophile can never really change his/her deviant mindset. In my opinion however the tradegy is that these types of individual s are still rampant today in this rotten British security establishment of military, civil service and political establishment Personnel still acting by proxy in colluding with their multitude of McGrath type associates masquarading as “loyalists”. It has been apparent to me in this toxic british state that it does concern itself greatly with the chidren’s issues but only in ensuring that a “paedophile paradise” is the norm throughout our province such as was a description portrayed to me 11years ago and which would indeed still seem to be the case whereby children ( from the protestant community ) can be sold and transported throughout the country, especially across the religious divide, by loyalist collusionists, who do precisely what heir security service handlers tell them to do. Paedophiles seemingly acting with immunity and a scourge that is more prevalent than those of a decent inclination could possibly imagine. The ” secret “world of a Clockwork orange paedophile British state hardly just dissappeared, deterred those not detected nor curtail those high level individuals with the arrest and conviction of their low level contacts like McGrath who was eventually brought to account for his disgusting and despicable activities . A Walter Mitty character who it would seem ,as with his security service contact s , gloried in portraying himself in various personas ( street saint and house sinner ) but who, unfortunately, seems to have been replaced by far too many of a similar disposition and acting it would seem with unimaginable assistance from the British security establishment, particularly that of a state of the art technological aspect . Hellish to some of a decent background but of great help to the McGraths of this world . A Paedophile culture in a toxic british state which ,as with the numerous recent ” celebrity ” trials held in England relating to child abuse in the 1970 s, would almost have one believe that such deviant behaviour where a thing of the past. Not so in my opinion but is instead something which I believe is so widespread as to involve half the population and which is encouraged and facilitated to this day by the likes of MI5 and the British establishment. No wonder then some in London feel the need for new childrens mental health hospitals to be built in the East Antrim area. Hopefully it will not be another Kincora in the making but then again one wouldnt be surprised with a british establishment that cares to much of the wrong kind as to the lives of our children and who would rather, still to this day in my opinion ,prefer instead to engage in poisoning young minds and bodies with all that it has at its disposal .