BY MICHAEL MCHUGH – 06 JANUARY 2015
Catholic-run homes in Northern Ireland in the 1950s were centres of “bleak lovelessness”, an official at the time said.
Kathleen Forrest, a State health inspector, called for the system to be reformed after visiting the Belfast Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth.
The words of Ms Forrest were read out yesterday at the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry as it reopened in Banbridge.
The long-running inquiry is now examining abuse claims at Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge in south Belfast.
Counsel to the HIA, Christine Smith QC, yesterday quoted from Ms Forrest’s 1953 report in her opening remarks to the hearing.
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