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Good Shepherd Sisters faces alleged abuse complaints

Chairman Sir Anthony Hart pictured during the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) in Banbridge, Co Down, in 2015. Picture from Arthur Allison, Pacemaker Press
Staff Reporter

THE Good Shepherd Sisters congregation is to face complaints about alleged child abuse.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry said on Monday that 10 people have made allegations - five of whom have also alleged abuse in other care homes.

Between 1922 and 1995, the nuns cared for more than 4,000 children and adults at homes in Derry, Belfast, and Newry.

The claims include allegations of emotional abuse, slapping and complaints about the quality of food provided in homes in the 1960s and 1970s.

There is one allegation of sexual abuse against a priest.

The Good Shepherd Sisters are challenging the allegations.

Joseph Aiken, counsel to the inquiry, said it had received a "very limited" amount of police material linked to the complaints against the Good Shepherd Sisters.

He said police received no complaints against the nuns before the inquiry was established.

The Good Shepherd Sisters have said the allegations have caused "considerable sadness and stress" to the entire congregation.

But they have said they will to listen "with respect" to those who come before the inquiry.

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