Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) resumes in Banbridge

HIA at Banbridge courthouse

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry resumes on Monday at Banbridge Courthouse.

The focus of the inquiry will shift to the former De La Salle Boy’s Home at Rubane House in Kircubbin, County Down.

It had previously been examining what happened to children sent from Northern Ireland to institutions in Australia.

The inquiry was set up in 2013 to investigate child abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland over 73 years up to 1995.

A total of 13 institutions in Northern Ireland are currently being investigated.

Brooks Newmark Sunday Mirror story prompts MP’s complaint

Brooks Newmark

An MP is to make a formal complaint against the Sunday Mirror over a story that led to the resignation of a government minister.

Conservative Mark Pritchard said “questionable techniques” were involved in the paper’s report that Brooks Newmark sent explicit pictures of himself to an undercover journalist.

Mr Newmark resigned after the sting, saying he had been a “complete fool”.

The Sunday Mirror said that the story was in the public interest.

The paper said it had made contact with Mr Newmark during the course of an investigation into inappropriate use of social media by MPs.

‘Swapped images’

Adopting the false identity of “Sophie Wittams”, a male freelance reporter described himself on Twitter as a “twenty-something Tory PR girl”.

“Sophie” then contacted and interacted with a number of Conservative MPs, including Mr Pritchard, via the social networking site.

The Twitter account has since been deleted, although some of the reporter’s activity is still available online.

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