Gardaí knew about the activities of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth (right) in the early 1970s, Northern Ireland’s Historical Abuse Inquiry has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Gardaí knew about the activities of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth in the early 1970s, Northern Ireland’s Historical Abuse Inquiry has heard. Confide(...)

Brendan Smyth: told doctor after his arrest he may have abused 50-100 children, and that ‘number could even be double or perhaps even more’. Photograph: Pacemaker

Even before he was ordained in 1951 there were serious concerns about Fr Brendan Smyth’s sexual proclivities, the North’s Historical Institutional (...)

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 (...)

File photograph of Fr Brendan Smyth from 1997. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Sexual abuse was rampant at a children’s home in Northern Ireland run by a Catholic order of brothers, a senior police officer has said.Around a fifth(...)

A former resident of Termonbacca boys’ home in Derry has given a positive account of his time there, praising the Sisters of Nazareth who ran the institution.

A former resident of Termonbacca boys’ home in Derry has given a positive account of his time there, praising the Sisters of Nazareth who ran the inst(...)

Junior counsel to the inquiry, Joseph Aiken, put to the witness a series of serious allegations made by a number of former residents. All of the claims were rejected.

One of the Sisters of Nazareth who staffed a children’s home in Derry has denied allegations of physical, emotional and psychological abuse of boys un(...)

Witnesses have vigorously denied allegations of ill-treatment made to the inquiry investigating children’s residential care homes.

Witnesses have vigorously denied allegations of ill-treatment made to the inquiry investigating children’s residential care homes. A soci(...)

Termonbacca children’s home was a ‘warm and loving place’ a former senior social worker in Derry has told the inquiry investigating institutional abuse at care homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

Termonbacca children’s home was a “warm and loving place” a former senior social worker in Derry has told the inquiry investigating institution(...)

One witness repeatedly broke down yesterday as she described abuse she suffered at the Sisters of Nazareth home in Derry. Photograph: Trevor McBride.

A woman waived her right to anonymity at Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abus(...)

An internal view of the courtroom at Banbridge, Northern Ireland where  public hearings into allegations of historical child abuse  are taking place. Photograph: : Paul Faith/PA Wire

The first witness to waive her right to anonymity has told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry of allegations of beatings and sex abuse (...)