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Child abuse victims urge NI archbishop to set aside compensation money

by Aaron James

Archbishop Eamon Martin (above) met campaigners in Armagh on Tuesday.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry is due to report to the Executive next January and could recommend a pay-out for survivors.

Margaret McGuckin from Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse said: "It is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Executive to set up a redress scheme for victims of institutional abuse here, but the Catholic Church and religious orders which ran homes where we were abused have a moral and financial responsibility to victims.

"We have asked the Archbishop to tell Executive ministers that the Church stands ready to contribute significant funds to a government-run redress scheme.

"Other organisations, private or public, which ran homes where abuse took place bear a similar responsibility."

The Sisters of Nazareth congregation is among religious orders which have already admitted physical abuse and apologised.

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