The Sisters of Nazareth have already acknowledged and apologised for physical and sexual attacks which occurred within their properties, a focus of the UKâ€™s largest ever institutional child abuse public inquiry.
A senior member, speaking on behalf of the congregation, said evidence from victims at the Derry homes was â€œshocking and harrowingâ€.
Sister Brenda McCall added: â€œWe must accept that at certain times, by certain sisters, things were just not right.â€
The treatment of young people â€“ orphaned or taken away from their unmarried mothers â€“ in houses run by nuns, brothers or the State is a key concern of an investigation chaired by retired High Court judge Sir Anthony Hart.
The probe, being held in Banbridge, Co Down, is considering cases between 1922 and 1995. [more]