The witness told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry that she was afraid of the nuns  at St Joseph’s home Termonbacca while she was working there as a trainee social worker. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A trainee social worker at a children’s home in Derry run by the Sisters of Nazareth has accused nuns of being regimented and controlling and of resis(...)

Nelson Mandela’s words were quoted on the opening day of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela’s words were quoted (...)

A witness had alleged that an older boy came into her room at night and abused her as she lay in bed.

A witness to the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry has contradicted claims by another witness that he sexually abused her while she was in(...)

A boy was physically punished so often by a nun in a Derry care home he ran away three times.

A boy was physically punished so often by a nun in a Derry care home he ran away three times. This incident triggered intense attention (...)

One witness, who alleged she was repeatedly physically abused at St Joseph’s Home, Termonbacca, in Derry (above), said she was also raped while in care outside the institution. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Allegations of rapes, beatings and other abuses made by former residents of Derry care homes run by th(...)

The Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is sitting in Banbridge, Co Down,

A woman who was repeatedly physically abused at a Derry children’s home has said she was also raped while in care outside the institution. (...)

A former resident of St Joseph’s home at Termonbacca in Derry has accused Catholic clergy, state agencies and the police of failing a generation of children in residential care.

A former resident of St Joseph’s home at Termonbacca in Derry has accused Catholic clergy, state agencies and the police of failing a generatio(...)

An image above a door at Nazareth House on Bishop Street in Derry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

A priest told a former resident of a Derry residential home run by nuns that he must never repeat allegations of sex and other abuse.A witness told th(...)

Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry chairman Anthony Hart announced today that alleged abuse at 13 Catholic, secular, local authority and juvenile detention institutions in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995 will be investigated. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The public inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland will open next January with investigations of allegations of abuse at two C(...)