Some abuse allegations 'inaccurate', says lawyer for religious order

A religious order under scrutiny at a historic abuse inquiry in the North has said some of the allegations were inaccurate.

A lawyer for the De La Salle congregation of brothers said it had apologised and paid compensation where it accepted that wrongdoing took place.

Kevin Rooney QC challenged some of the evidence due to be given to the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry.

He said: “There are allegations which lawyers say are inaccurate, unreliable, possibly untruthful.”

He said the order sought to protect the reputation, integrity and character of those brothers whom it said did not abuse.

“The apology is also based on the civil claims that have been brought against the order, they have paid deserved compensation to those applicants who they accept have been abused.”

Mr Rooney said some of the witnesses were mistaken.

“There are lots of reasons, memories fade over periods of time, they become distorted.”

The brothers ran Rubane House in Co Down on behalf of the church.

The order has previously accepted that one of its earliest overseers engaged in sexual offences, which a lawyer for the inquiry said spanned 20 years.

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