Northern Ireland

HIA: Former Rubane House teacher 'had no knowledge of abuse'

HIA at Banbridge courthouse
Image caption The inquiry is taking place at Banbridge Courthouse

A former lay teacher at a Catholic boys' home has told an inquiry that he had no knowledge of any physical or sexual abuse at the home.

The HIA inquiry was set up in 2013 to investigate child abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland over a 73-year period, up to 1995.

The retired teacher had a key role at Rubane House in the Ards peninsula before it closed in the mid 1980s.

He said it would be unlikely widespread abuse would have gone unnoticed.

He said he now felt betrayed by the De La Salle Order following its public apology.

The former teacher also denied allegations from some residents of the home that he had punched boys.

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