Statement on the Report by the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland

HIA 250x25019 JAN, 2017. The Sisters of St Louis acknowledge and accept the report published today by Sir Anthony Hart, Chair of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland.

We are saddened that any child suffered while under our care at the former St Joseph’s Training School, Middletown and we offer a heartfelt apology. We appreciate how difficult it must have been for the eight former residents to come forward to tell their stories and hope that the conclusions of the Inquiry will bring healing and hope to their lives.

The Sisters of St Louis will consider the full report, its findings and deliberations and will work with The Executive Office of the Northern Ireland Assembly in addressing the recommendations in the report. We wish to thank the Panel members for their diligence in performing an enormous task. It was important that the Inquiry raised public awareness and acknowledgement of the abuse suffered by children in care.

More information on the Inquiry can be found on the website of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.