Rubane House was a children’s home run by the De La Salle Order in Kircubbin, Northern Ireland. In 2014 the Christian Brothers admitted to physical and sexual abuse of boys in their care during the period of 1951 to 1985.
The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry is examining allegations of abuse at Rubane House, Kircubbin. The HIA inquiry was established in 2013 to investigate child abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland over a 73 year period up to 1995. The Inquiry heard that 56 years ago four boys disclosed the abuse at the Catholic Home. They stated that a Brother from the De La Salle Order abused them. The abuser is now deceased.
Following the allegations, a senior member of the Order was instructed to investigate the complaints. The conclusion of the investigation was that new rules were introduced and one of the rules was that less emphasis was to be put on sex education.
The inquiry heard that the Brother who was investigating the allegations wrote a letter to the alleged abuser in which he said, “Don’t think for a moment that I am accepting his word against yours. I advise that no reference is to be made at any time or to anyone regarding the inquiry, it is best forgotten and I have told some brothers that no reference is to be made to it amongst themselves or the boys. The whole affair is best dropped.”
It is estimated that 200 of Rubane’s former residents have made complaints of sexual or physical abuse. Fifty five former residents have come forward to the give evidence at the inquiry that they suffered abuse whilst a resident at Rubane.
The Public Testimony will begin this week.
At Jordans we represent victims of abuse at St Gilbert’s Approved School in Worcestershire, which was run by the Brothers of the De La Salle Brotherhood during the period of the 1950’s and 1970’s. Even though the former head of the School was convicted of sexual offences relating to his time at the School, he was shockingly reinstated after serving his sentence.
Although many alleged abusers have thought to have died their remains a current police investigation and the Police are making efforts to locate as many of those involved as possible.
We are also representing a large number of client’s who allege abuse by various members of staff at St Williams Approved School/Community Home at Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, which was run by the De La Salle Brotherhood in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Diocese.
Five lead cases were tried in 2016. There have been a number of police investigations concerning widespread sexual and physical abuse of children of the Home. One prolific abuser James Carragher has been sentences to imprisonment on three occasions, the last being in January 2016 when he sentenced to a further 9 years in prison. Anthony McCallen was also sentenced in January 2016 for 15 years imprisonment.
Jordans Solicitors have a dedicated team of highly specialised Solicitors who can ensure your claim is handled sensitively, enabling you to secure the best level of compensation from those responsible for your traumatic experiences.
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