December 2015

ANON Dec 12rd, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

Over 1,000 children under the age of eight are homeless this Christmas study…

More than 1,000 children under the age of eight are homeless this Christmas, the majority of them in Dublin, according to a study carried out by Focus Ireland.

The homeless charity has analysed the age profile of 307 families who entered emergency accommodation between March and October this year.

The preliminary report studied a sample of 630 children.

Almost two thirds of those were under the age of eight and almost 40% were aged four and younger.

Focus Ireland said if that was applied to the total number of homeless children in Ireland, it indicates 1,037 are aged eight and under. The charity said it had conducted the first analysis of the age profile of homeless children in Ireland.

The final report to be published next month will also examine the travel times between emergency accommodation and schools.

Focus Ireland Director of Advocacy Mike Allen said the findings were shocking and highlight parents with young children are much more vulnerable to homelessness than parents of older children.

“The huge number of very young children is deeply shocking,” Mr Allen said.

“We held a major international conference on family homelessness in Dublin earlier this year, and from this we expected to find a very young profile for the children in homeless families, but the huge number of very young children is deeply shocking,” he said. “It is little over a year ago that we put the rights of children in our constitution.

“But when you think of these 1,000 very young children living in emergency accommodation at Christmas, it reminds you of how much more we have to do to make that a reality.”

Responding to the Focus Ireland report, Environment Minister Alan Kelly echoed Mr Allen’s comments, saying it was unacceptable there are 1,000 children under the age of eight who are homeless.

ANON Dec 12rd, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

Man (82) could face trial on allegations of indecent assaults made over 50 years…

The Court of Appeal has cleared the way for an 82-year-old man to be tried in respect of dozens of allegations of indecent assault made against him by multiple complainants.

The man is accused of abusing young males on various dates and locations between the 1960s and the early 1990s.

He brought High Court proceedings against the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ireland and the Attorney General aimed at preventing his trial before the Circuit Criminal Court from proceeding.

The application was brought on grounds of the extremely long delay involved.

Some of the complaints date back to events that allegedly occurred almost 50 years ago. The man’s lawyers argued this imperilled his right to a fair trial.

The man also claimed he was prejudiced because documents and essential witnesses were missing and lawyers argued these would be essential to give him a fair trial.

He also claimed he was the subject of certain adverse media publicity which prejudiced his right to a fair trial.

The High Court dismissed his application to halt the trial and this order was appealed by him to the Court of Appeal.

In its judgment the Court of Appeal consisting of Mr Justice Sean Ryan, Mr Justice Gerald Hogan, and Mr Justice Michael Peart unanimously dismissed the appeal.

Giving the court's judgment Mr Justice Hogan said while the delays in the present case were by any standards exceptionally long, the Court of Appeal could not, in light of decisions from the Supreme Court, say the prosecutions could not proceed by reason of delay.

Mr Justice Hogan said the man will stand trial in respect of some matters that allegedly occurred more than half a century ago.

This, he said, is "probably the longest interval between an alleged incident and ultimate trial that the Irish courts have ever had to contend with."

The Judge said while the delays might cause difficulties for the defence and the prosecution it could not be stated they constituted an "irremediable prejudice" in terms of missing evidence or witnesses.

The court also rejected the man's claim his trial should be stopped on grounds of adverse publicity he received prior to the current charges being brought.
In all the circumstances the Judge said the man's application was dismissed

ANON Dec 12rd, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

Teacher extradited over Great Finborough school sex charges…

A former teacher has been extradited from France and charged with alleged sex offences at a private school.

Gerard Singer, 68, was collected by Suffolk Police officers on Tuesday and charged with 34 offences.

They relate to nine pupils, aged 9 and 10, at St George's School in the early 1980s.

Mr Singer, who lives in Elnes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, appeared before magistrates in Ipswich earlier and was remanded in custody.

His case was transferred to Ipswich Crown Court, where he is due to appear on 5 January.

Mr Singer is charged with 16 indecent assaults, 12 counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14, three counts of buggery and three counts of assault with intent to commit buggery.

St George's School was based at Wicklewood, Norfolk, before it moved to Great Finborough.

The current Finborough School on the same site is unconnected to St George's School.

ANON Dec 12rd, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

Historical child abuse inquiry announces key dates…

The chairwoman of the inquiry into historical child abuse has announced two key dates for the investigation.

Susan O'Brien QC has said those giving evidence must have experienced abuse no later than 17 December 2014.

Furthermore, the QC wants any group which wants to express how the inquiry should proceed to make their views known by 31 January next year.

Survivors' groups have previously criticised a lack of progress in the work of the Scottish inquiry.

The probe established in October after its initial announcement in December, 2014 will cover abuse within living memory up to 17 December, 2014.

It will examine abuse of children in care and the effects of abuse on children and their families.

Statutory powers

The inquiry will also examine the extent of failures of bodies with legal responsibility to protect children in care, whether such failures have been addressed, and if further changes are needed.

Ms O'Brien said: "We are developing procedures to take the evidence of survivors, as it is likely that many individuals will apply to give us their testimony.

"We are considering how best to assess the evidence from victims/survivors and all the other evidence the inquiry receives. We also require to determine which of the witnesses will remain anonymous."

The inquiry will have statutory powers to compel witnesses to give evidence.

It will also examine any instance where a child was abused at institutions including residential care provided by faith-based organisations, children's homes, secure care and those placed in foster care.

§ People who want to contact the inquiry are encouraged to email or send a letter to Historical Child Abuse Inquiry, PO Box 24085, Edinburgh, EH7 9EA.

ANON Dec 12nd, 2015 @ 12:35 PM

Teacher fails in bid on abuse pay-out…

A former Irish dancing teacher fraudulently transferred property into his wife's name to defeat an order requiring him pay €400,000 compensation to a former pupil he sexually abused, a court found.

The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed Michael Quigley's appeal against a High Court finding that the transfer of the family home and another property to his wife Alice should be set aside as fraudulent. It also awarded costs against him.

A stay applies until February to allow Mr Quigley and his wife to decide whether to seek the necessary certificate for an appeal to the Supreme Court.

In 2011, the High Court awarded €400,000 to Dana Doherty (44), a national school teacher, against Mr Quigley (70), of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, after

Mr Justice Sean Ryan found he abused her when she was one of his dancing pupils aged between 12 and 19.

He underwent two criminal trials in Letterkenny on indecent assault charges but the juries in both were unable to reach verdicts.

Ms Doherty then took a High Court civil action and was awarded €400,000.

Mr Quigley lost a Supreme Court appeal against that award.

In an effort to get payment, Ms Doherty brought separate proceedings against Mr Quigley and his wife alleging the transfer of his home in Letterkenny in 2000 and the transfer of a property at Meenagown, Donegal in 1998 were intended to defeat

Ms Doherty's claim for the €400,000.

In denying those claims, the Quigleys argued that the family home was transferred to get a loan for a home extension while the second property was transferred in order to get future planning permission on the land.

ANON Dec 12nd, 2015 @ 12:26 PM

Child rapist’s sentence appeal dismissed…

A man who lured two girls away from a birthday party and told them he would cut their parents’ throats before repeatedly raping them has had an appeal against his sentence dismissed.

The 32-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the girls, aged nine and six, in a flat in Athlone on September 28, 2013.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment by Mr Justice Paul Carney on March 3, 2014.

The man moved to appeal his sentence last month on grounds that it was excessive in all the circumstances.

His barrister, Seán Gillane, acknowledged at the outset there were certain “nightmarish aspects” about this case involving violations of an unspeakable kind of the personal and bodily integrity of two children.

Mr Gillane said certain aspects of the man’s assistance should have merited a different approach by the trial judge.

On foot of advice that he received from his solicitor, he made full admissions and indicated how the case would be approached before he left the Garda station, said Mr Gillane.

His solicitor then indicated in that early remand period that there would be a willingness and desire not to receive a book of evidence and to be sent forward on a signed plea of guilty.

Mr Justice Birmingham remarked that the man’s solicitor, Gearoid Geraghty, did a splendid job.

“The fact there’s room for debate is entirely due to the quality of the legal advice he gave,” he said.

Giving judgment yesterday, Mr Justice George Birmingham said the facts of the case were “almost to horrible to recount”.

Mr Justice Birmingham said the court had concluded that the facts of the case were such that they could truly be said to be exceptional.

He said the abduction of two very young girls from a children’s birthday party and their rape in the manner described meant that these offences were exceptional.

The court could not conclude that the sentencing judge had erred in imposing discretionary life sentences, Mr Justice Birmingham said.

Accordingly, Mr Justice Birmingham who sat with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice Alan Mahon dismissed the man’s appeal.

ANON Dec 12nd, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

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ANON Dec 12nd, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

'Dangerous' Pembroke Dock child rapist jailed for 21 years…

A Pembrokeshire man who raped two young girls and sexually assaulted three others has been jailed for 21 years.

Stephen Bladen, 55, of Pembroke Dock, was found guilty of 33 offences, including rape of a girl aged seven and another under 11, at Swansea Crown Court.

He will serve a minimum of 14 years behind bars.

On Monday, Judge Keith Thomas found Bladen to be a "dangerous" criminal who had offended over a 30-year period.

Robin Rouch, prosecuting, earlier read statements made by Bladen's victims in which they said their lives were ruined and described the difficulties they now have in trusting men.

One wrote: "I would have become a very different person if I had not been abused."

Bladen had denied the charges, which also included indecent assault of a five-year-old girl and possessing indecent images of children.

He was, however, disbelieved by the jury and found guilty of the counts.

Judge Thomas said Bladen would be liable for recall to prison for up to seven years after his release even if he serves the full 21 years should he reoffend.

ANON Dec 12nd, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

1/2...Ex-teacher showed no remorse, says Limerick judge…

A man yesterday recalled how he rejected the pleas of his mother on her deathbed to hold her hand due to the anger he felt at being sexually assaulted by a former member of a religious order.

Due to the abuse, he started to regard his mother as his enemy because she was a strict Catholic and clerics were almost living deities to her, Limerick Circuit Court heard.

Chilling details of the devastation wreaked on the lives of six men due to continued sexual abuse waged on them by the cleric primary school teacher were recounted at the sentencing hearing yesterday.

The former teacher, who is now 73, and who cannot be named for legal reasons, was last month found guilty at Limerick Circuit Court of 30 charges of indecently assaulting six boys.

The jury failed to agree on 42 charges in relation to seven other boys. The charges related to dates between September 1978 and June 1981.

Evidence was given by 13 former students over nine days, including how the teacher would walk through the aisles of the classroom, approach boys individually at different times and place his hands inside their pants and feel their genital area.

He also placed his hands on the boys’ buttocks. In one case, he forcibly kissed a boy in a corridor.

Yesterday, Judge John Hannan said the assaults followed a systemic pattern of being brazen and arrogant in their execution, and the former teacher showed no inference of remorse, apology, or regret.

Judge Hannan added: “He was a teacher, a man in his mid to late-30s, and an educated man of the cloth, and as such, should have known where his moral compass should have been pointed.

“Many people were on pedestals at the time, and the Church was right up there with them.”

He said the respect for the religious back in those years was far greater than it is today.

“School should have been fun back then and there is no reason that it should not have been,” he said. “I know it wasn’t. It wasn’t, because of the manner in which schools were run and people were allowed exercise power over children and it was so wrong.”

ANON Dec 12nd, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

2/2...One of the former schoolboys, now 48, said in his victim impact evidence that everyday life had become a struggle, and an attempted suicide was a seminal moment. From the age of 11, when the abuse started, he felt broken.

As his abuser sat just feet away from him in court, the victim said: “His reign of terror and my shame and humiliation imposed an omerta upon me which lasted almost 30 years.”

He said the most immediate effect the abuse had on him was in his relationship with his mother.

He said: “She was a strict Catholic, and clerics to her were almost living deities.

I directed all the anger I felt towards [the accused] onto my mother.

She was my enemy and I withdrew totally from any sort of relationships with her.

Our only interaction was one of conflict and I could not bear to be around my mother. When she was on her deathbed in pain, she pleaded with me to hold her hand.

I could not bring myself to do it.”

As sexual intimacy was difficult for him, he had many failed relationships. He only sought counselling when his marriage reached breaking point.

It was then he found he was suffering from post-traumatic stress due to the abuse.

Victim impact statements were read out on behalf of the other former abused schoolboys by John O’Sullivan, prosecuting.

One told of having a nervous breakdown and struggles with mental illness; another said his life changed for ever the day he entered the teacher’s classroom.

One said he now has a son, the same age he was when abused, and he can never allow him to be looked after by a babysitter or see him going on sleep-overs, due to the way his trust had been broken by his abuser.

Judge Hannan said the accused had served four and a half years in prison previously, when he was remanded on charges of which he was subsequently found not guilty.

He said it would be unjust not to factor this into the sentence.

Judge Hannan said the maximum penalty for each of the charges was two years.

This was the maximum penalty at the time of the offences and this was the tariff he had to adhere to under law.

He imposed a 40 month sentence, with the final 20 months suspended

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 05:33 PM

Further allegations of abuse against ex-church worker…

A former lay worker with the Church of Ireland accused of sexually abusing ten boys between 1977 and 1990 faces allegations by four further complainants.

Patrick O'Brien, 76, is facing 75 counts of indecent assault at numerous locations throughout the State including Kildare, Westmeath, on a boat in Loughrea in Co Galway and at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

Mr O'Brien, with an address at Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, Dublin, was previously sent forward for trial from Dublin District Court.

He had appeared earlier this month before Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for arraignment.

Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, today submitted to Judge Nolan that there were four further complainants in the case.

Judge Nolan acceded to the request of Niall Nolan BL, defending, to assign a senior counsel to the defence team and adjourned the matter for arraignment to 3 March 2016.

No plea has been entered yet on any of the charges.

Judge Cormac Dunne previously ruled that the media could identify the accused following an application by RTÉ at the District Court.

Judge Dunne said nothing must be published that would identify any of the alleged victims and noted that there was no evidence that publishing the defendant's name would link him to the complainants.

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 12:49 PM

Archbishop criticised for ‘vilifying’ clergy in abuse inquiry…

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, “vilified” members of the clergy who were criticised by the Commission of Investigation into the handling of child abuse allegations by the Dublin archdiocese, a leading priest has said.

The criticism by Fr Tony Flannery comes just days after a bishop and a priest defended the reputation of Auxiliary Bishop Dermot O’Mahony a figure who was severely criticised by the inquiry at his funeral.

Saying that the commission had “serious faults”, Fr Flannery, the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, wrote on his website: “I never met, nor had I any dealing with, Bishop Dermot O’Mahony.

“Until the Murphy Report, anything I ever heard about him was positive – a warm, gentle, caring man who was a shining light in a Church that could often be harsh and judgmental,” he wrote.

The commission, led by Ms Justice Yvonne Murphy, inquired into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in Dublin’s Catholic Archdiocese between 1975 and 2004. Its report was published in November 2009.

According to Fr Flannery, “the only reason [the commission] worked so smoothly and efficiently in the case of the Dublin diocese was that the bishops and senior clergy made no effort to assert their rights to natural justice.

“I know they did this so that no more pain would be caused to those who had suffered at the hands of priests, but they got no acknowledgement for this; indeed they were vilified from all sides, including by the Archbishop of Dublin,” he wrote.

Bishop O’Mahony’s memory was strongly defended at his funeral in Shankill last Tuesday by current Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Eamonn Walsh and the Mass celebrant, Fr Tim Murphy, a longtime close friend of the deceased bishop.

The decision of Bishop Walsh to publicly defend the late Bishop O’Mahony was welcomed by Fr Flannery.

“I was also glad to see what Bishop Eamon Walsh said about their being a serious lack of equity in the way Dermot was treated.”

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 12:46 PM

Former priest and serial child abuser Tony Walsh will serve a maximum of two years for the sexual assault of a child in the early 1970s, a court has heard…

Walsh was a seminarian at the time of the offence, which is the earliest recorded case of child abuse by him. He went on to become known as the “Singing Priest” for his role in a traveling all-priest group before he was defrocked.

Walsh (61), formerly of North Circular Road, Dublin was convicted after a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of the indecent assault of a female at St Lukes, Kilbarron Park, Kilmore, Dublin on a unknown date between April 17, 1973 and September 9, 1976.

He had pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The victim was aged between seven and ten at the time when Walsh locked her into a room and forced himself on her.

Walsh is currently serving a 16-year sentence imposed on him in 2010 for the rape and abuse of three schoolboys. His release date is in October 2020.

Gareth Baker BL, prosecuting, told Judge Catherine Murphy that the maximum penalty for this offence was two years as it took place in the 1970s before the penalty for sexual assaults was increased. Judge Murphy adjourned the case to next month for sentencing.

Det Gda Woods told Mr Baker that the offence took place in a parish hall run at the time by the Sisters of Charity nuns. Walsh was living and studying in Clonliffe college in Drumcondra at the time and would go to the hall to help out with maintenance work.

The victim, now aged 50, would also go to the hall on summer holidays and would get sweets as rewards for helping the nuns.

On one occasion Walsh suggested a game of hide and seek with some children at the hall. He took the victim to hide with him to another room off the hall and locked the door,

He placed the child on the ground and began gyrating on top of her and holding her tightly while licking her face and neck. Walsh was aroused and was banging her pelvic area into her.

He had his hands on her bottom and touched her private parts outside her clothing.

The attack only stopped after he ejaculated.

Walsh told the girl afterwards:“This is only a game. We were only having fun. Don’t tell anyone.”

Other children were banging on the door at this point and Walsh opened the door.The victim was screaming from inside the room and ran out after the door was opened, the court heard

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

1/2...Catholic care home child sex abuse: Two found guilty…

A former chaplain and an ex-principal of a Roman Catholic care home have been found guilty of abusing boys.

Anthony McCallen, 65, was chaplain at the now defunct St William's Children's Home in East Yorkshire, where James Carragher, 75, was head.

The pair denied a total of 87 sex offences against children at the home between the 1970s and the 1990s.

Leeds Crown Court heard Carragher, a convicted sex offender from Merseyside,took boys naked swimming late at night.

The jury heard they both preyed on boys aged between 10 and 16 years old.
In total, 18 men gave evidence describing how they were indecently "touched".

One victim stormed out of court after telling the jury the pair had visited him as he slept and sexually assaulted him.

Another witness spoke of how boys were taken swimming "after lights-out" at the home and told not to "wear any swimming trunks".

Nigel lived at the now defunct St William's Children's Care Home in Market Weighton between 1971 and 1972

Following the verdict, Judge Jeffrey Marson QC praised members of the jury for the way they conducted themselves.

He said: "I've never ever in many years of doing this had a jury who had to consider so many charges, it is way beyond the norm, and they are some of the most difficult charges to deal with".

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

2/2...Carragher, who was jailed for seven years in 1993 and 14 years in 2004 for sex offences, pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of indecent assault and 12 other serious sex offences.

McCallen, also of Merseyside, who was convicted of abusing two boys in the 1990s, denied 18 indecent assaults and seven other serious sexual offences.

After a 10-week trial and 11 days of deliberations, the jury found Carragher guilty of 21 indecent assault and three serious sex offences, but he was cleared of a further 30 charges.

McCallen was found guilty on a total of 11 charges including a serious sexual offence. He was acquitted of eight other charges.

But the jury was unable to reach verdicts on 13 charges and were discharged by the judge.

The pair are due to be sentenced on 4 January.

St William's in Market Weighton, which closed in 1992, was owned by the Diocese of Middlesbrough and run by members of the De La Salle Brotherhood.
In a statement, the diocese said it hoped "those affected by the abuse can move on with their lives".

"We condemn any behaviour which harms young people.

"The behaviour of Anthony McCallen whilst he was a priest was a betrayal of the trust that was placed in him from the Diocese of Middlesbrough."

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

Child porn accused to be extradited to face US charges…

An Irishman described by the FBI as “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world” is to be extradited to the US. Eric Eoin Marques, aged 30, with an address at Mountjoy Square, Dublin, is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting.

The US authorities want him to face charges of conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The State had sought to surrender him to US authorities while Marques sought a judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute him in this country.

At the High Court, Justice Aileen Donnelly delivered a judgement on the extradition, saying that it had been issued with due process and did not constitute a violation of his constitutional rights. She also rejected a judicial review that argued that Mr Marques should be tried in Ireland, rather than the US.

Mr Marques’s legal team had argued they are entitled to know why the DPP was not prosecuting the case but Justice Donnelly rejected this.

She said there was nothing in the case that should overturn the longstanding immunity of the DPP from having to give reasons for its decisions.

She said it is not her function to set out guidelines for how the DPP should act in extradition cases, saying to do so would effectively be legislating.

Speaking for Marques, Mark Lynam BL said the decision will be appealed and asked for a stay to be put on the issue of the warrant.

Justice Donnelly said that application should be made to the Court of Appeal but said Marques should not be submitted for at least 15 days to allow time for an appeal.

The charges against Marques relate to images on over 100 anonymous websites described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre-pubescent children.

The websites in question have “thousands of members” who have posted “millions of images” of child pornography. Some of the children involved are infants, the FBI claim.
The extradition court previously heard from FBI special agent Brooke Donahue, who described Marques as “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world”.

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 02:21 PM

A text line to Santa will ensure he can find homeless children…

Homeless children worried that Santa won’t find them on Christmas Eve can text a very special number to make sure he does.

The ISPCC has a new Childline service to provide emotional support to more than 1,500 homeless children in Ireland.

The text support service, established in partnership with homeless organisations, Focus Ireland, and DePaul, is also for children who are worried about homelessness.

ISPCC chief executive, Grainia Long, said losing a home was traumatic at any age, but for a child it could be extremely destabilising.

“Some children miss toys that have been packed away; others worry whether Santa will find them in their new home and some worry about noise and new environments,” said Ms Long.

“Many children report feeling uncertain about the future and are often worried about their parents and siblings as they see the level of stress they are under.”

She said the service for homeless children, or those at risk of homelessness, was so they could talk about their experience and build their resistance and ability to cope.
It is available every day from 10am to 4am daily. Children can text ‘Home’ to 50101 to make contact with a volunteer.

The listening service is non-directive and is intended to complement child and family support services provided by other agencies.

Childline is preparing for about 2,500 contacts between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, based on last year’s figures.

Ms Long said calls over the two days tended to be more serious and upsetting but there would be no shortage of volunteers.

She said Childline volunteers were eager to work over Christmas because they knew what a tough time it could be for some children.

Childline 1800 666666

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 02:18 PM

1/2...HSE knew of ‘quasi illegal’ Bessborough adoptions in 2011…

A senior HSE social worker revealed in 2011 that Bessborough Mother and Baby Home files contained information on the “quasi-illegal deportation and adoption” of children to the USA, Britain, and Australia.

The revelation is contained in a business plan prepared by principal social worker in the South Lee region, Pat O’Dwyer, in 2011 in preparation for the HSE’s takeover of about 15,500 adoption files from the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Order which ran the Bessborough, Sean Ross Abbey, and Castlepollard Mother and Baby Homes.

Mr O’Dwyer pointed out that the natural mothers and adopted people had been “badly treated, rebuffed, misled, and in many cases dishonestly misdirected” when seeking information.

“The reality is the intercountry and other groups get a priority service over them.

This group within the Bessborough group, from my recent direct experience, have been treated badly, rebuffed, misled, and in many cases dishonestly misdirected.”

“It is my view that they now deserve some respect, support, and to be given a quality social work service, so that they can end their days having had their needs met like our own HSE clients. Is this too much to ask in this climate for this client group?” he said.

The plan, released under freedom of information, also reveals concerns that the HSE did not have sufficient staff or resources to deal with the volume of tracing requests it was receiving on foot of the transfer.

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 02:16 PM

2/2“...These Bessborough files contain both American, UK, and Australian adoptions, often with poor or no information given to them about their quasi-illegal deportation and adoption abroad, so they are seeking a tracing/information service.

Many who contact our service are extremely angry and frustrated, and if no service is to be provided to them, this will obviously escalate both privately and publicly.”

Mr O’Dwyer points out that it was inevitable that “adverse PR and publicity” would arise unless a “substantive staffing and resource input” was provided.

He said that the view of the Department of Health and HSE management that two whole time equivalent posts had been allocated to deal with transfer of files “could not be further from the truth”.

Mr O’Dwyer concluded by pointing out that, although the HSE was taking possession of the files, the reality was that it could not offer “any real and quality service” to the thousands of natural mothers and adopted people that would contact it seeking information.

“Yes, the files are coming, hopefully they will be separated to their relevant geographic patch,” he said.

“We will restructure our local service to provide a skeletal service to the new files, with great difficulty, which will not make their users very happy.

The public media will inevitably take this on board, as is already happening.

“It will be really difficult to give any real and quality service to these new clients, which is very sad.

The reality is that we will take their calls with difficulty, and then in the main, put them on an extended waiting list, unless the case is of high urgency.”

In a statement, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary said it was dealing directly with the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes’ on all matters and that it would not be appropriate to enter into communication, other than with the commission at this time.

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 01:48 PM

Former priest jailed for abusing schoolboy…

A 77-year-old former Spiritan priest has been sentenced to four years in prison, with the final year suspended, for the indecent assault of a schoolboy in a well-known Tipperary school.

Before sentence was handed down, Clonmel Circuit Court heard the victim would never forget the panic he felt as he stood outside Henry Moloney's bedroom door, having been summoned there by the teacher, knowing what was going to happen to him inside the room.

Moloney, with an address at Kimmage Manor, a Spiritan care home, was accompanied by a Spiritan priest at today's hearing.

His victim, who cannot be named, sat at the back of the court with a family member.

Earlier this month, Moloney had been found guilty on seven counts of indecent assault in Rockwell College, where his male victim was a first-year border in 1981 and 1982.

Moloney had been his music teacher and choirmaster.

At today's hearing, Mr Justice Thomas Teehan was told that Moloney had been convicted of child sexual abuse in 2000 and 2009 and had served a 15-month custodial sentence.

The judge told Moloney that his crimes had had a devastating effect on his victim who had left Rockwell the following year and who had never prospered since save for his choice of partner.

The judge said Moloney had pleaded guilty at his previous trials but had denied today's charges.

He said it was his right to contest the charges but that the two weeks during which the trial took place had been very traumatic for his victim.

He sentenced him to four years in prison with the final year suspended on condition he return to Kimmage Manor and live under strict supervision

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Childline service for homeless children launched…

A new Childline service has been launched for homeless children.

The ISPCC said that the service will offer children living in emergency accommodation a listening ear and emotional support.

The service has the support of homeless charities Focus Ireland and Depaul.
CEO of the ISPCC Grainia Long said that homelessness is a traumatic experience for children.

"Some children will be worried this year that Santa won't locate them and won't be able to find them and that is a major issue for some children," she said.

"For other older children, they'll be concerned about noise, they'll be concerned about lack of privacy, the sheer lack of space and the stress that that causes."

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Man who sexually abused daughter jailed for seven years…

A Limerick man who sexually abused his daughter while she was aged between 13 and 16 has been jailed for seven years.

Pat Healy (66) of Norwood Park, Garryowen, Limerick, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to indecently assaulting his daughter at their family home on dates between 1981 and 1984. He has no previous convictions.

The now 46-year-old woman waived her right to anonymity so her father could be named.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said this offence fell into a high category in terms of seriousness and breach of trust. He noted the abuse had had long-term effects on the victim and that her father now accepted moral responsibility for the offences.

He imposed seven years’ imprisonment.

Det Garda Brian O’Connor told senior counsel Paul Greene, prosecuting, the victim and her brother had remained in their father’s care after their parents separated when she was aged two.

The woman said she first recalled being abused when she was 12. She left home at 16 years old and later ended up in care.

She made a complaint to Gardaí in 2013 and Healy was arrested in February 2014

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 02:08 PM

Almost 700 arrests across UK in child abuse images crackdown…

The arrests followed an operation targeting people looking at online abuse images.

Over 680 people have been arrested in the UK over the last nine months in connection with the downloading of indecent images of children.

The National Crime Agency revealed the figures today.

The arrests followed an operation targeting people looking at online abuse images.

One in seven, according to the agency, held “positions of trust” like roles in teaching or law enforcement.

Nearly 400 children were identified as being at risk in the wake of the arrests.

People were detained across the UK with 40 police forces involved.

The BBC reports that a total of 682 people were questioned and of that number 147 have been charged.

“Today’s results demonstrate a new level of intent to stop offenders viewing indecent images and abusing children, and a new sophistication in our tactics,”

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Child Protection, said.

“This shows that a focus on targeted, proactive operations coordinated with the NCA works.

“93 per cent of the people we arrested in this operational activity were not previously known to law enforcement in relation to child abuse.

“If we hadn’t gone out looking for them as we have done, they would have remained under the radar and the nearly 400 children we’ve safeguarded since then would still be at risk.

These operations are directed at those involved in the vile industry built around indecent images of children but this is part of a wider change in approach for the police service.

“Our focus has got to be on working proactively with other agencies to protect the public from harm committed on or offline, with particular focus on those who are most vulnerable.

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

Large increase in abuse victims using phone counselling service…

There has been a 25 per cent increase in calls for support during 2015 to the Connect telephone counselling service, which assists people who have suffered abuse in childhood. It follows a 17 per cent increase in such calls last year.
Established in 2006,

Connect provides out of hours telephone based professional counselling and support for abuse survivors.

The total number of calls to the end of November was 8,113, and the number is expected to reach 9,000 by the end of this month.

Service director Theresa Merrigan believes the increase in demand is due to Connect being better known and also its anonymous nature.

“Connect, for many, can be a safe port to begin to put words on traumatic childhood experiences where the caller, who initiates the contact, can remain anonymous while at the same time receiving support from a professionally experienced psychotherapist,” she said.

It was also the case that “many callers can find it difficult to get to a face-to-face counselling service because of geographical location, child care, lack of transport, or physical and emotional challenges.

The telephone service can be an excellent resource for people in these circumstances,” she said.

Among callers the most common setting for abuse was the family (48 per cent) followed by the community (31 per cent) and 15 per cent were victims of institutional abuse. Within the family 24 per cent reported abuse by the father, of which 12.5 per cent was sexual abuse; 21 per cent reported abuse by the mother, predominantly emotional and physical abuse.

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 02:02 PM

1/1...Numbers of destitute children double in 12 months…

Majority of these families are losing private rented homes but unable to find alternative

The number of homeless children in Dublin continues to rise and has doubled in a year, figures to be published today will show.

The data, from Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE), show in the week of November 23rd to 29th there were 1,466 children in 705 families in emergency accommodation in the capital. This represents a 98 per cent increase since November 2014, when there were 741 homeless children.

Of the 705 families, 205 including 417 children are in supported homeless accommodation, while 500 families with 1,049 children are in hotels.

There was, however, a reduction in the number of new families coming into homelessness last month. Some 60 families presented as homeless in November compared with 72 in October, 70 in September, 78 in August and 70 in July.

The majority of these families are losing their homes in the private rented sector and are unable to access new homes in it.

However, more families are moving on from homelessness and into tenancies than last year, according the DRHE. In the first nine months of the year 739 adults moved from homelessness into tenancies, 194 more than did in the same period last year. It is not clear from the data what proportion of these were parents with children.

ANON Dec 12th, 2015 @ 01:59 PM

2/2..In the months of June, July and August, 260 adults moved into tenancies, which is the highest level in a single quarter, a spokeswoman said.

“This represents a 36 per cent increase in move-on from homelessness to independent living, as a direct result of work by the Dublin local authorities in sourcing and allocating social housing to homeless households,” she said.

She also pointed to the provision of 500 units of modular housing by the end of next year with an initial 22 due to be delivered this month.

However, Focus Ireland, which is the lead agency working with homeless families, questioned whether the Government was taking the homelessness crisis seriously.

In November last year the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, said: “A situation whereby children, in particular, are homeless is not one that anybody can condone.”
Roughan MacNamara, advocacy and communications manager with Focus Ireland, said if tackling homelessness had been a priority for the Government, there would have been a far greater response.

“We should have seen not just an emergency response but much more action to keep people in their existing homes in the first place. It is vital to stress you don’t have to build or access one single new home or housing unit to do this.

These people are in homes now as I speak. What is required is firm action by the Government to keep them there and to stop them becoming homeless.”

He called for an increase in rent supplement caps and criticised the