Welcome to the website of the Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. The Inquiry was independent from government and had two main components. One was the Acknowledgement Forum, whose members listened to the experiences of those who were children in residential institutions (other than schools) in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.
The other component was the Statutory Inquiry. In its 223 days of public hearings between 13 January 2014 and 8 July 2016 it investigated 22 institutions, as well as the circumstances surrounding the sending of child migrants from Northern Ireland to Australia, and the activities of Fr Brendan Smyth, and issues of finance and governance. We delivered our Report to the First Minister and deputy First Minister on Friday 6 January 2017, and were obliged to deliver the Report to them at least 14 days before the Report could be published. Today we publish the Report in both hard copy form and on the Internet.
Throughout the Inquiry was committed to making as much of our work as possible publicly available. My remarks at the launch of the Report today, the Report itself, the transcripts of the public hearings, and the documents already placed on our website can all be accessed by following the links at the bottom of this page. These links also provide access to other information relating to our work.
In due course we will place on our website all those documents we consider are relevant and which do not contain private information, or information which need not be published. Some are already on our website, and more will be placed on it today. Because of the number of documents involved, the task of preparing them for our website, and removing from them material which we consider should not be published, is a laborious process which is ongoing and it will be some time before we can place all the documents on our website, but we will do so as quickly as possible.
Sir Anthony Hart
20 January 2017