THE journalist who broke the Kincora Boys home sex scandal story over 30 years died suddenly today.
Peter McKenna, known to friends and colleagues as ‘The Scribe’, died at 1.30 am – just 90 minutes after welcoming in the New Year.
No funeral arrangements have been made as yet as a post mortem examinaton is to be carried out to determine the cause of his sudden death.
A friend told Belfast Daily: “It has come as a complete shock. He was in good spirits. So it’s such a shock to hear he has died suddenly.”
‘The Scribe’ , who was in his early 70s, rocked Northern Ireland to its core when he first exposed the abuse of children at the Kincora Boys Home on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast.
His bombshell article – published on January 24, 1980 under the heading of ‘SEX RACKET AT CHILDREN’S HOME’ – revealed that the sexual abuse of young boys had been going on since 1977 but the RUC, politicians and social services turned a blind to it.
Those involved were paedophiles Joseph Maines and Kincora housemaster William McGrath.
He was a member of the Orange Order and also ran a shadowy loyalist paramilitary group called TARA which was heavily infiltrated by British intelligence agencies.
It was claimed the abuse of young boys was allowed to continues so as intelligence agencies could monitor the activities of McGrath, TARA and his paramilitary associates.