'My head was covered in pus, and scabs'
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Man relives horror of life in Irish Protestant children's home

A man who hopes his case will be heard at the European Court of Human Rights has spoken of the horrors he says he endured at a children's home in Ireland.

Derek Leinster, 75, was born at Dublin's Bethany Home in 1941. He wants a public apology and financial compensation.

The grandfather, who now lives in Rugby, says its only right that survivors of Protestant children's homes receive the same recognition as those from Catholic homes.

The Irish Government said a Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was established in February 2015, to find out what happened to vulnerable women and children in 14 homes, including the Bethany Home, from 1922 to 1998.

The inquiry is due to report by February 2018.

  • 26 Aug 2016