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ANON Apr 30th, 2015 @ 01:48 PM

CAN YOU HELP?….Manhunt for teen accused of raping young girl (13)…

A Blackpool teen accused of raping a young girl is believed to be on the run in Ireland after he fled the UK in March.

Gardai are seeking to trace Ryan Humpage (1 after he was spotted in Co Kildare last week.

Members of the public have been advised not to approach the teenager, who is understood to have travelled to Ireland in recent weeks.

It is believed that he was previously in Co Sligo, and a Garda spokesperson said it was likely he was using various aliases, which include Dylan Dunne, Ryan Willington, Ryan Williams and Karl Ward.

He is known to have friends in Belfast, Scotland, Blackpool, Northumbria and Northamptonshire.

The 18-year-old is wanted by UK police in connection with rape of 13-year-old girl in Blackpool in December 2013.

He is the focus a Crimewatch UK appeal by police in Lancashire, who want to quiz Humpage in connection with said rape, as well allegations involving theft and assault.

He is described as white, 5ft 7ins with short mousey brown and of medium build.

The teenager is known to have links to South Shore and Bispham in Blackpool.
Gardai wish to establish the current whereabouts of Ryan Humpage and are appealing for anyone with information to immediately contact Naas Garda station on 045 884300.

Thursday, 30 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 30th, 2015 @ 01:46 PM

Worcestershire PCSO charged with child sex offences…

Two people, including a police community support officer, have been charged with child sex offences.

Kieron Pritchard, 40, from Wolverhampton, was charged with causing a child to engage in sexual activity and possession of indecent images, West Mercica Police said.

Mr Pritchard, who worked in Worcestershire, was suspended from duty on 23 April, the force said.

A 47-year-old woman from Bristol also faces three child sex abuse charges.

Police said Mr Pritchard had been remanded in custody to appear at Worcester Crown Court on 29 May.

The woman has been charged with the sexual assault of a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and distribution of indecent images.

She has been released on conditional bail to appear at Worcester Crown Court on the same date.

Thursday, 30 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 30th, 2015 @ 01:44 PM

Probe into Westfield School in Fraserburgh abuse allegations…

Allegations of physical abuse of children at an Aberdeenshire school for pupils with special needs are being investigated by police.

The alleged incidents concern nursery and primary-aged children at Westfield School in Fraserburgh covering a period between 2013 and this year.

Three members of staff have been asked to stay away from the school during the investigation.

Aberdeenshire Council said it was "understandably a worrying time".

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police Scotland can confirm we are conducting an investigation following complaints received of allegations of physical abuse of children at Westfield School in Fraserburgh.

"Police are working closely with colleagues from Aberdeenshire Council and the Care Inspectorate to safeguard the wellbeing of children at the school."

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: "We are co-operating fully with Police Scotland as they conduct their investigation into these serious allegations regarding Westfield School.

"This is understandably a worrying time for staff, pupils, parents and carers and we are providing support to the school while the investigation takes place.

"As this is a live investigation it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time."

The Care Inspectorate said: "The safety and well-being of children is always our first priority and we are working closely with Aberdeenshire Council and Police Scotland to ensure that the rights of children are respected and their needs met.

"Anyone with a concern about a care service can contact our helpline on 0345 600 9527.

Thursday, 30 April, 2015

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ANONApr 30th, 2015 @ 01:42 PM

Hollande vows action in abuse probe…

French President Francois Hollande has vowed tough punishment for any soldier found guilty of sexually assaulting children in the Central African Republic.

Mr Hollande said any sanctions should correspond with the gravity of the crime and "set an example".

French prosecutors and military authorities are investigating accusations of sexual abuse of children in 2013/14 by French soldiers sent to protect civilians amid sectarian violence in the Central African Republic.

The investigation has been under way since last year but was only made public yesterday.

French military officials distanced themselves from the accusations today, saying they had no knowledge of any sexual abuse.

France sent troops to the former colony in December 2013 and the UN set up a 12,000-strong peacekeeping force in September last.

Thursday, 30 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 29th, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

'Because of the stigma, I kept it to myself. Not any more'…

Case study…

Former Kincora residents Clint Massey and Gary Hoy are no longer afraid of what people may say or think about them.

Both are still dealing with the emotional and psychological scars of the sexual abuse they suffered as young boys while staying in this now vacant Victorian building.

Gary Hoy (53) now lives just a couple of miles away.

As he stands under the top bedroom where he used to sleep, he says he has threatened to take his own life in despair.

"I'm standing here shaking like a leaf, as that's my bedroom up there, that top one which I shared with my three mates.

"I'm getting shivers down my back," he said.

"I'll get a wee bit of relief if it's destroyed."

Clint Massey (57), who now lives in Bangor, ruefully says that he was lucky that he only had to spend eight months living at Kincora, where he was abused by the housemaster, William McGrath.

"My father and mother never knew anything, my sister didn't know anything, until I went public.

I had to keep it all to myself," he said.

"The stigma of that sort of abuse means that you hide it.

"Because of the stigma you just carry it with you and bite your tongue.

"But not anymore. Those days are gone and I will speak out."

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 29th, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

Kincora boys' home:

Sex abuse victims demand children's home is demolished…
Survivors of sex abuse at Kincora children's home in east Belfast have called for the building to be demolished.

Gary Hoy, who lived in Kincora, said the memories would always be there but he would like to see the building gone.

Survivor Clint Massey said demolishing the building would bring a kind of closure for victims like him.

Margaret McGuckian, of pressure group SAVIA, said they hoped to speak to the home's owners about the next step.

Three senior care staff at Kincora were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys.

At least 29 boys were abused at the home between the late 1950s and the early 1980s.

One of the men who was later convicted, William McGrath, is believed to have been an MI5 agent.

Allegations remain that some members of the British intelligence services knew of the abuse and helped to cover it up.

Mr Massey said the building was "serving no purpose".

"While this is here, this building stands for one thing only - not happy memories at all.

Once it's gone, it's a closure of sorts," he said.

Ms McGuickan said the victims "grieve every night" about the abuse they suffered in the home.

"What we're hoping [is] that we enter into consultations, and perhaps this building will be bought over, razed to the ground and maybe something could be set up in its place far away from here for the victims," she said.

There have been calls for the home to be included in a Westminster led inquiry into abuse at state run institutions.

The government declined to do so, saying child protection was a devolved matter and Kincora was covered by the work of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry led by retired judge Sir Anthony Hart.

Critics say that inquiry doesn't have the power to compel witnesses and won't get at the truth of alleged security service involvement.

The government said it would ensure the sharing of information.

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015

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ANONApr 29th, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Savile Abused 22 Children At One School

At least 22 pupils at a school for emotionally disturbed girls were abused by Jimmy Savile in the 1970s, a police report has said.

The paedophile DJ abused the children, and also one visitor, at Duncroft Approved School in Staines, Surrey.

He committed 46 offences, including rape and sexual assault, and had "unrestricted and largely unsupervised" access, said Surrey Police.

The abuse took place in locations including the kitchen, the principal's office and a bedroom in the intensive care unit.

Savile also used his vehicles, including a camper van, to prey on his victims.

The abuse happened during at least 16 visits between 1974 and 1979. Savile was twice allowed to stay at the school overnight.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in December that no former staff would face charges following an investigation to discover if anyone was complicit in the abuse.

Surrey Police and prosecutors had the chance to bring Savile to justice in 2007 when they received four allegations about historical sexual offences, two of them at Duncroft in the 1970s.

The Surrey force consulted with the CPS but in October 2009 decided no prosecution could be brought because the alleged victims would not support police action.

However, Surrey Police did not tell any of them that other complaints had also been made.

The force has admitted failings and this latest report - which took in evidence from 166 former Duncroft pupils - concludes its investigation.

Savile died in October 2011 without answering for five decades of prolific offending.
The former Top of the Pops presenter is thought to have committed more than 200 offences across 28 police force areas, including 34 rapes.

Three-quarters of his victims were under 18, with 28 alleged victims under 10-years-old.

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 28th, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

1/2...Woman abused 40 years ago ‘didn’t question elders’…

A Kerry woman who was sexually assaulted by her brother-in-law over 40 years ago has said she did not complain about what happened at the time because she “was taught not to question my elders”.

Reading her own victim impact statement to the court, the woman said her reporting of the abuse at the hands of a respected family member had a “devastating impact” on her family.

“Some are supportive, but the majority find it hard to deal with,” and that she consequently “felt isolated and blamed”.

The 74-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the now 53-year-old woman, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 11 counts of indecent assault on various dates between January 1, 1971, and December 31, 1974.
The man was found guilty by a jury after a four-day trial in front of Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan.

The jury were in disagreement on the final three counts. The man will be sentenced on May 8 .

Paul Burns, prosecuting, told the court the abuse began when the woman was 10 years of age and mainly occurred at the man’s house in Kerry, where the victim would often stay the night when visiting her older sister.

The court heard there was also one incident of abuse at another relative’s house, when the woman was alone and the man turned up at the front door uninvited.

The woman told her family of the abuse in 1986, but did not report it to Gardaí until 2007. When the man was taken into custody and questioned in January 2008, he told Gardaí the allegations were “all lies” and he “never touched a child in his life”.

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ANON Apr 28th, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

2/2...The woman told the court her sister, who was married to the accused, was like a ‘surrogate mother’ to her due to a 14 year age gap.

She visited her sister at least once a month and often slept over, sharing a room at the back of the house with two of her sister’s daughters.

The woman told the court how the man used to come into the room when the other two children were asleep and start pulling her bed sheets off her.

When she tried to push him off and protested, he would tell her “Shush, you’ll wake the children”.

She told the court the man abused her between 30 and 40 times, but it became less frequent in 1974, after which it eventually stopped.

She told the court how he would put his fingers inside her and use his tongue to penetrate her.

“I knew it was wrong. He hurt me, he always hurt me.”

She said the abuse always followed a pattern, lasted about 10 minutes, and would stop when the man heard a noise in the house and thought someone else was awake.

She said on one occasion the man’s baby son was sleeping in a cot in the same room, while he abused her.

The woman said that she “suffered feelings of depression and contemplated taking my own life. I have been plagued with flashbacks, leading to anxiety and feelings of vulnerability.”

Dominic McGinn, defending, asked for leniency in sentencing due to the man’s mature years.

He also pointed out the man was a father of five and has no previous convictions, and that his loss of standing in his community would be a serious punishment.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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ANON Apr 28th, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

1/2...Tipp man raped and abused his four daughters

A man who abused and raped his four daughters in their Dublin home over 18 years will be sentenced later at the Central Criminal Court.

The 50-year-old man pleaded not guilty to 44 charges of sexually abusing his four daughters, 37 counts of raping his eldest daughter, one charge each of anal rape of this girl and oral rape of her younger sister, and one charge of issuing a threat to kill his youngest daughters on dates between October 1994 and July 2012.

He was found guilty on 75 charges following a trial last month. The judge directed the jury to deliver a not guilty verdict on three charges.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan will sentence the man on May 18.

During the trial, the eldest of the sisters told the jury she was first sexually abused by the man when she was nine years old before he started to rape her when she was 11.

She said she was anally raped once at age 14.

She said the abuse came to an end after she managed to escape to England with her boyfriend as a 17-year-old.

Earlier that day, she enlisted the help of her sisters to help her take her own life but after contacting her boyfriend by text to say goodbye he convinced her to meet up and refused to allow her to return to the house. She never returned to Ireland.

The woman said the family lived in fear of the father’s violence and explained that this violence would be directed at the whole family, including her mother.

She said he beat them all “quite severely and regularly”, using his steel-cap work boots and his fists. She described him as a very controlling man.

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ANON Apr 28th, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

2/2...The second daughter, now 27, was sexually abused from the age of 10 until just before her 14th birthday. She said her father once forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The third daughter, now 24, was sexually assaulted from the age of 11 to 13 years old. She said on one occasion her father threatened to kill her two younger sisters.

The final complainant, who gave evidence via video link as she is still 15, said she was sexually abused on four occasions over a two-month period in the summer of 2012.

Victim impact statements from the three older sisters were read out in court by Tara Burns SC, prosecuting.

The eldest of the sisters, now 29, said she had been a normal child living in England until her father was released from prison there, when the family returned to Ireland and the abuse began.

She said her mother, who gave evidence in support of her husband, “used to be a nice person but seems to be insane now”.

Her next youngest sister described having “nightmares about our father abusing me and my sisters” and that the family had difficulty in relating to each other now as they each “tried to deal with what went on in our own ways”.

The second youngest sister said she had substance abuse problems since she was a teenager as a result of the abuse. She also said she hoped her father would get the help he needed

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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ANON Apr 28th, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

1/2...Man who sexually abused daughters of former partner loses appeal against conviction….

A man jailed for five years for sexually abusing six daughters of his former partner while he lived in their family home has lost an appeal against conviction.

The 54-year-old man, who cannot be identified to protect the victims' identities, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 60 counts of sexual assault between 1994 and 2005.

He was found guilty by a jury on all counts and sentenced to seven years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Judge Desmond Hogan on May 31 2013.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the man's appeal against conviction today finding that although the trial judge had erred, the error rebounded in his favour.
Delivering judgment on behalf of the three-judge court today, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said the six sisters alleged the man had sexually abused them when he lived in their family home as their mother's partner.

According to their mothers evidence the sexual relationship between herself and the man had ended after the first couple of years together, in or around 1996, the judgment stated.

Each sister gave evidence that the abuse had occured a couple of times a week and over a prolonged number of years.

Each described the abuse as frequent, sometimes daily, touching of the breasts and vagina in addition to forced masturbation, simulated and oral sex in respect of most complainants.

Five of the sisters gave evidence that upon their return from school each day, the man would knock on the floor of his bedroom demanding a cup of coffee and the abuse would commence when one of the sisters went up to his room with a cup of coffee.

Four of the sisters stated that he wore a studded belt, ring and an attached chain on his penis.

The same number gave evidence that he forced them to watch pornographic films in his company.

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ANON Apr 28th, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

2/2...Four sisters gave evidence that the man gave them yoghurts, sweets or money to them after the abuse occured.

The first complainant gave evidence that she and her other sister had withdrawn previous complaints made in 2003 under threat of being thrown out of the family home.

“They had nowhere else to go,” the judgment stated.

His primary ground of appeal, submitted by his barrister Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, was that the trial judge failed to give a distinct corroboration warning and had failed to indicate where in the evidence corroboration might be found.

As a result the jury did not receive effective guidance on this issue and the verdict was rendered unsafe, Mr Ó Lideadha had submitted.

It was accepted that the trial judge had "incorrectly stated on two occasions" that "there was no corroboration" in the case. However there was considerable evidence capable of corroboration, the judgment stated.

The two areas where corroboration might have been found by the jury related to the sexual apparatus worn by the man during some sexual assaults as well as the evidence given relating to requests for coffee, the judgment stated.

The Court of Appeal held that while the trial judge's corroboration warning was not adequately contextualised and had failed to indicate where corroboration might be found, “the overall effect of what was said in relation to corroboration” rebounded to his benefit

“It would be unjust to overturn the conviction on the basis of a defect or defects in the charge which operated in his favour” and “especially” when he made no complaint of the inadequacies at the time, Mr Justice Sheehan said.

Accordingly, Mr Justice Sheehan, who sat with President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Seán Ryan and Mr Justice John Edwards, dismissed the appeal against conviction.

The DPP's application for a review of sentence on grounds that it was “unduly lenient” will be heard on May 19 next.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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ANON Apr 25th, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

1/2....Priest sexually abused girl age 7 while hearing her first confession…

“Victim says school refused to believe her parents and warned them about complaint”

A 76-year-old retired priest who sexually abused a seven-year-old girl while hearing her first confession has been jailed for two years.

John Calnan, who is no longer in ministry, was sentenced to three years in jail, with the final year suspended, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting the girl in West Cork in 1989.

Sgt Maurice Downey told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the girl was preparing for her First Holy Communion and Calnan was invited to her school to hear first confessions.

The confessions were being held in a kitchenette area and as Calnan began hearing the girl’s first confession, he put his hands inside her underwear and digitally penetrated her.

The complainant, now a 34-year-old woman, told gardaí in her statement of complaint made in 2013 that Calnan also appeared to be doing something to himself at the time.

When the little girl finished her confession, Calnan rearranged her clothing and gave her absolution and penance and told her that she could leave the kitchenette, said Sgt Downey.

When Gardaí arrested and questioned Calnan about it, he said he could not recall it and when pressed he denied it happened, but now accepted it had and had pleaded guilty.

A native of Rossmore near Clonakilty, Calnan, who had served mainly in parishes in West Cork in the Diocese of Cork and Ross, has a number of previous such convictions.

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ANON Apr 25th, 2015 @ 10:41 AM

2/2...He had pleaded guilty in 2012 at the Central Criminal Court to attempted rape and three counts of indecent assault of a girl and one count of indecent assault of a boy.
He received eight years in jail for that offence, and in February 2015 he pleaded guilty at

Cork Circuit Criminal Court to one count of indecent assault of a young girl.

His jail sentences are due to expire in July 2017 and the earliest possible release date for him is March 24th, 2016, Sgt Downey told the court.

He was stood down from ministry in July 1992 when the first complaint was made about him and later he spent a year receiving treatment at the Gracewell Clinic in Birmingham, he said.

In a victim impact statement read on her behalf, the complainant spoke of how Calnan’s abuse had impacted on her, but also on her parents, her husband and her children.

“When brought to the attention of the school, my family were met with denial and a feeling of guilt and shame was inflicted on them,” she said.

“There were thinly veiled warnings about speaking out and how they would be thought of within the local community.”

Defence counsel, Tom Creed SC, said Calnan was deeply remorseful and he pleaded for leniency as he hoped to live long enough to see out whatever sentence was imposed.

Judge David Riordan sentenced Calnan to three years in jail, but suspended the final year and ordered that his name be placed on the Sex Offenders’ register

Saturday, 25 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 25th, 2015 @ 10:39 AM

Long-term foster kids now eligible for adoption….

Hundreds of young people in long-term foster care will be eligible for adoption in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to order a re-running of the 2012 children's referendum.

Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Geoffrey Shannon, said the draft heads of the legislation covering these possible adoptions was published at the time of the referendum and can be progressed.

"The Supreme Court ruling removes the roadblock to these children being adopted. It is a very positive day for children," he said

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, said: "Based on the age profile and care status of the children in care, 2,000 children could become eligible for adoption."

The seven-judge court unanimously found, in a challenge brought by a Dublin woman, she had failed to prove an unconstitutional government information campaign "materially affected" the 'Yes' outcome in the referendum.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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ANON Apr 25th, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

1/2...Ex-principal appeals sentence for indecent assaults…

A former primary school principal, now aged 81, has moved to appeal his prison sentence for indecently assaulting 11 women while they were pupils of his in the school in west Clare.

Patrick Barry lost an appeal against conviction earlier this week, with the Court of Appeal “unable to hold” with him on any of his 12 grounds of appeal.

Barry, of Well Rd, Kilkee, Co Clare, had pleaded not guilty to 67 charges of indecently assaulting 11 women on dates between 1964 and 1985 while they attended Moyasta National School as pupils.

A jury found him guilty of 59 counts of indecent assault and not guilty of the remaining eight counts by direction of the trial judge, Gerald Keyes.

Barry was sentenced to an effective 11 years’ imprisonment with the final five suspended by Judge Keyes at Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on November 19, 2014.

Speaking on behalf of the Court of Appeal on Monday, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said the three-judge court was “unable to hold” with Barry on any of his 12 grounds of appeal and, accordingly, his appeal against conviction was dismissed.

Mr Justice Sheehan said Barry had been a teacher in a two-teacher mixed school in rural Clare 30 to 50 years ago.

Eleven of his female pupils claimed that, when they were in fifth and sixth class, they were indecently assaulted by him, the judge said.

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ANON Apr 25th, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

2/2...Mr Justice Sheehan said Barry would sit down beside the girls at their desks and touch them indecently or would call them to the front of the class and make them stand between his legs while he was pressed against them.

Sometimes, the judge said, he brought their hands up and down his legs and made some of them touch his genital area.

Apart from two particular complaints, all the offences occurred in the classroom in the presence of other pupils, Mr Justice Sheehan said.

Moving an appeal against sentence yesterday, Roderick O’Hanlon, for Barry, submitted that the sentencing judge did not set out the special circumstances as to why Barry’s sentences were imposed consecutively.

Had Barry been prosecuted 30 years ago, Mr O’Hanlon said, a court would not have found it appropriate to impose consecutive sentences, Mr O’Hanlon said.

Mr O’Hanlon said Moyasta was a small community where everybody knew each other. As such, the loss in standing for Barry would have a significant effect on the balance of his life.

Vincent Heneghan, for the DPP, said Barry sat through the trial and was aware of the allegations and of what he was found guilty.

Mr Heneghan said the amount of victims, their ages, and Barry’s position of trust as their teacher, made the case much graver.

The court heard Barry has a release date of May 20, 2019.

Reserving judgment on the sentence appeal until May 15, Mr Justice George Birmingham said that “this is obviously a difficult case” which raised important issues for all involved

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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ANON Apr 24th, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

1/2...HSE ‘clique’ accused of covering up foster care sex abuse…

There have been cross-party calls for an investigation into the HSE’s handling of claims that up to 40 intellectually disabled children were sexually abused by a foster care family over two decades.

Members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee who are familiar with the case made the call during a tense meeting with senior HSE managers yesterday.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs John Deasy and John McGuinness said a “commission of investigation” must be set up into the claims as it has been alleged a “clique of HSE managers” covered up the abuse.

While the HSE has rejected the allegation, saying it has conducted its own investigation and is helping Gardaí with their inquiries, the TDs said the 2012 HSE report has yet to be published and was conducted by former HSE managers without any tendering process.

They maintain that an independent investigation is required.

The case alleges that up to 40 children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, including a number who were “mute”, were abused at a Waterford foster home for two decades.

When health service officials were first made aware of the allegations which include repeated rapes and claims that children and teens were made to live in cubby holes beneath the stairs and “out-houses” in 1992, vulnerable children had already been placed with the family for a decade.

In 1995, officials were ordered by senior social workers to stop placing anyone else with the family and to find alternatives for anyone still living with them while the issues were examined.

However, despite this request, one woman who Mr McGuinness said had “suffered the most serious abuse” and is now living with multiple internal injuries, was left with the family for 13 years.

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2/2...The family at the centre of the case included a male and female couple and a younger relative, all of whom are alleged to have taken part in the abuse. The woman is the only one still alive.

While the then South Eastern Health Board believed they were the only institution placing children with them, the family were also taking placements from the Brothers of Charity and “independently” of any organisation.

Mr Deasy said the allegations are the worst he has heard “in 16 years as a public representative” and involve “rape” and “the alleged sexual abuse of mentally disabled children”.

Claiming “a clique in the HSE swept all this under the carpet” and a “cover-up”, he said some managers have since been “promoted” to other roles in the HSE and Tusla.

Mr McGuinness said it is not appropriate for ex-HSE managers to conduct inquiries, regardless of their qualifications or integrity.

HSE director general Tony O’Brien and national director of social care Pat Healy said that when the latest whistleblower claims were made in 2009, they immediately set up an investigation.

This report was finished in 2012 but gardaí have asked for it not to be published until the State’s own inquiries conclude, and strongly defended their investigators’ independence.

Gardaí in Waterford are understood to feel the HSE has provided significant information, but that the nature of the alleged victims’ conditions means it has been difficult to prosecute.

Friday, 24 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 24th, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Supreme Court rejects appeal on 2012 Children's Referendum…

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against the 2012 Children's Referendum result.

The court this morning gave its decision on a challenge by a woman to a High Court ruling rejecting her petition to overturn the result.

She also appealed the High Court's decision to reject her challenge to the laws governing the bringing of such petitions.

Joanna Jordan, from Dún Laoghaire in Dublin, brought a petition to the High Court aimed at overturning the Yes vote in the Children's Referendum held in November 2012.

She had argued that the Government's use of public money to fund an unbalanced information campaign had materially affected the outcome of the referendum.

Shortly before the referendum took place, the Supreme Court held that the Government's spending of more than €1m of public money on a one-sided information campaign was a clear disregard of the limits imposed by the

Constitution on what the State may do in a referendum.

However, the High Court rejected her case, saying the Government's conduct did not have a material effect on the outcome of the referendum.

Ms Jordan took a further legal action challenging the constitutionality of the laws under which she had to prove there had been such a material effect.

This too was rejected by the High Court.

Seven Supreme Court judges heard the appeal late last year and they gave their decision today.

Friday, 24 April, 2015

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ANON Apr 24th, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

House of Horrors...http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/raze-kincora-house-of-horrors-to-the-ground-says-peter-robinson-31167272.html

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ANON Apr 24th, 2015 @ 10:18 AM

Derby man who got daughter pregnant is jailed for life…

The girl read out a statement at her dad's sentencing at Derby Crown Court

A father who repeatedly raped his daughter over a four-year period resulting in her having a baby has been jailed for life.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, admitted attacking her from the age of 10.

After his sentencing at Derby Crown Court, his daughter ran to him, crying out that she still loved him.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said it was difficult to "describe his depravity" and ordered he serve at least 15 years.

The court heard that the father had "poisoned" his daughter against her mother, who did not live with them, as part of a grooming process.