Opening to Inquiry

Updated:  18th July 2016

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry commenced its public evidence sessions with an Opening Hearing on the 13th and 14th January 2014 at Banbridge Courthouse, Banbridge, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.  Proceedings began with a short opening address from the Inquiry’s Chairman, Sir Anthony Hart.  This was followed by an opening address from Senior Counsel to the Inquiry, Christine Smith QC who provided a general overview of the structure of the Inquiry and the issues and questions which it would be addressing.  The timetable of proceedings with links to the transcripts, witness statements and evidence are provided below for each sitting day.

Readers may find parts of the transcripts, witness statements and evidence offensive or distressing.  Some of them contain graphic descriptions of violent and sexual behaviour, which are not suitable to be viewed by persons under 18 years of age.  If you have been affected by reading this material you may wish to seek appropriate support.  Lifeline NI can be contacted on 0808 808 8000.  

Note:  Information on this page may be subject to change.

Day Date Evidence Called Transcript
1 Monday
13th January 2014
2 Tuesday
14th January 2014