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Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry 'gives voice to victims'

13 January 2014 Last updated at 16:48 GMT

A senior counsel has said the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry will 'give a voice to those who feel the system let them down'.

The senior counsel to the inquiry, Christine Smith was speaking as the biggest public inquiry into child abuse ever held in the UK entered the public hearing stage at Banbridge Courthouse, County Down.

The inquiry was set up by Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive to investigate allegations dating from 1922 to 1995.