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(...)

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was  set up in 2013 to investigate child abuse in residential institutions between 1922 and 1995. File Photograph: Paul Faith/AFPGetty Images

The chairman of an inquiry into alleged historical abuse at care homes in Northern Ireland is to appeal a ruling that he unfairly denied legal represe(...)

The verdict could have wider funding issues for the ongoing Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry as it examines evidence from up to 360 witnesses. Photograph:  PA

A child abuse victim was unfairly denied legal representation at a major inquiry into alleged historical offences at care homes, a High Court judge ha(...)

Stormont: junior minister Jennifer McCann has called for “some sort of reparations made in terms of those people that have went through the [Historical Institutional Abuse] inquiry”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Survivors of historical institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland should receive reparations, a junior minister in the powersharing administration(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: said the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was the “best-placed authority” to address the Kincora allegations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

GERRY MORIARTY First Minister Peter Robinson is to liaise with the head of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry after Northern Secretary Theresa(...)