Inquiry hears witness left suicidal after alleged care home abuse

Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, Monday, January 26, 2015

Nuns, described as ‘sadistic’, deny claims of physical abuse at Nazareth Lodge in Belfast.

A man who was put into a Belfast care home when he was six has alleged at the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry that he suffered physical abuse from “sadistic nuns” which ultimately left him in a suicidal and enraged state.

The man was taken from his parents who were both alcoholics and put into the care of the Sisters of Nazareth in 1982 with his older brother at Nazareth Lodge in Belfast in 1982, the inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down was told on Monday. A younger brother and sister who were also taken into care were fostered, the inquiry heard.

The man claimed that he suffered various forms of cruelty at the home. The nuns have apologised to  . . .

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