Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, said the inquiry would complete its work by July next year and submit its report in January 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is to investigate a further six institutions, bringing the total number to 22, the inquiry chairman(...)

 Chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Sir Anthony Hart. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Children were allegedly subjected to sectarian abuse by staff at a state-run institution in Northern Ireland, a lawyer told a public inquiry. Catholic(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has again rejected calls to include Kincora boys’ home in an inquiry into an alleged paedophile ring at Westminste(...)

Senior judges have thrown out Martin Murray’s appeal against being found guilty of the fatal knife attack on Eamonn Hughes seven years ago. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Alan Erwin A man jailed for murdering a father as he walked home from his daughter’s 18th birthday party failed today in a bid to overturn his convict(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady, who retired last year, arrives at Banbridge Court on Thursday to give evidence in The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Clerics involved in investigating child sex abuse were bound to secrecy so the Catholic church’s “good name” could be protected, Cardinal Sean Brady h(...)

Failings that allowed notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth (above) to abuse children for four decades will be examined by a public inquiry on Monday

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry in the North heard on Monday that paedophile priest Brendan Smyth admitted that he could have sexuall(...)

The Kincora Boys Home in Belfast. Photograph: Pacemaker

The British security service shielded and blackmailed child sex abusers involved in a paedophile ring at a notorious Belfast care home, the High Court(...)

Fr Brendan Smyth, who was at the centre of one of the first clerical child sex abuse scandals to rock the Catholic Church in Ireland, was convicted of more than 100 child abuse charges relating to a period over 40 years on both sides of the Border. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth will be the subject of a focused investigation as part of a public inquiry into historical child abuse in Northern (...)

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down, which is investigating child abuse in Northern Ireland residential institutions between 1922 and 1995. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Alleged abuse victims are refusing to sign statements to a major inquiry into historical offences at care homes unless they secure legal funding, the (...)

Lawyers argued that the ongoing Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry sitting in Banbridge is powerless to properly scrutinise a ’closed order’ surrounding the Kincora home.

An abuse victim today won the first stage in his court battle to have claims, that politicians and high-level British state agents colluded in a paedo(...)