Catholic charities raise issue of ‘bias’ over child abuse inquiry chairwoman

BBC News

Two Catholic charities have objected to the choice of chairwoman for Scotland’s public inquiry into historical cases of child abuse.

The Congregation of the Poor Sisters of Nazareth and the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul have lodged a petition for judicial review.

They raised the issue of bias over the appointment of Susan O’Brien QC, who has acted in a case against them.

The charities’ petition will be heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

The government said it would “robustly” defend the appointment, while some victims called the legal move “disappointing” and “outrageous”.

The action centres on Ms O’Brien’s involvement in a case brought by two former residents of Nazareth House children’s home in Glasgow.

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