Claims of assault and rape denied at NI inquiry

RTE News

Northern Ireland’s Institutional Abuse Inquiry has heard more claims of physical and sexual abuse at a residential home run by the De La Salle Brothers in Co Down.

Around 1,000 boys were placed in care at Rubane House in the Ards Peninsula between 1951 and 1985.

Some of the brothers and lay staff who worked at the home have been giving evidence to the inquiry, which is sitting in Banbridge courthouse.

One lay worker had convictions for sexual assault and a brother was convicted on three counts of assault for incidents at the home.

One resident claimed he had been raped by a lay staff member at the home, who threatened he would throw him off the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge if he spoke about the incident.

That allegation was denied this morning.

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