27 August 2019
DUP East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson is seeking a meeting with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith to repeat his call for a public inquiry in to the Muckamore care home.
Mr Robinson said,
“In February 2019, I challenged the former Secretary of State to establish a public inquiry in Muckamore. With Julian Smith only in his role a matter of days, I have requested a meeting with him to explain why I made that call five months ago.
In August 2017, I was first approached by a whistle-blower. Since then I have been deeply saddened as other stories of abuse have been brought to my attention. But I have also been horrified by the official handling of this sorry catalogue of abuse. Candour has been severely lacking.
The focus today is on the 1500 offences which the police have established from just one ward. I fully support the criminal work being taken forward by the police but I also want the systemic failures of the Belfast Trust to be fully investigated. Every element of this horror story must be reviewed. Every system. Every decision. We must ensure that the flawed systems which allowed this abuse to continue are changed.
The police investigation will hold people accountable for their criminal actions but it will not make recommendations to fix the system. The criminal investigation alone will not safeguard vulnerable people in the future.
There must be a full open public inquiry so that abuses like this can be guarded against ever happening again.”