November 2017

ANON Nov 27th, 2017 @ 08:37 PM

Woking children's home abuse: Hundreds contacted by police...

Hundreds of people have been contacted by police investigating allegations of child sex abuse at a children's residential home.

Officers have spoken to more than 200 people to "identify victims and witnesses", Surrey Police said.

The investigation centres around a home in Woking, known as both Kinton Approved School and the Oaks Centre, from the 1970s to the early 2000s.

Police said 17 people have been arrested or interviewed under caution.

A spokesman for the force said: "We believe there are a number of others who may have committed criminal offences.

"We have active inquiries ongoing in liaison with Surrey County Council to try to identify these individuals where we do not have their full identity."

Police said the number of children involved was unknown, but described the investigation as "large and complex".

Care worker jailed...

"New victims and new suspects continue to come to light as we speak to more people," the spokesman said.

"At this stage we have over 1,500 inquiries that have been part of the investigation."
In 2006, care worker Keith Hammerton, of Battersea in south London, was jailed for six years after admitting 10 counts of indecent assault on two teenage boys at the children's home.

His victims were aged 16 or under, and the offences were committed between 1975 and 1981.

The home, run by Surrey County Council, was closed in the early 1990s.

Surrey Police have asked anyone with more information to come forward.

ANON Nov 25th, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

Belfast man sentenced over child sex images…

A man who downloaded indecent images of children has been placed on the sex offenders register.

Rory Campbell, 21, from Harberton Park, Belfast, was arrested in June 2016 after a joint operation between the National Crime Agency (NCA) and PSNI.

Officers found 560 images and videos on his computers, 53 of which were in the most serious category.

Campbell was placed on probation for two years after being sentenced at Belfast Crown Court on Friday.

He was also made the subject of a five-year sexual offences prevention order and told he must perform 100 hours of community service.

NCA branch commander Rob Burgess said: "Campbell was viewing and sharing disturbing material and his actions prolonged the abuse of the victims within the images.

"As well as community service and probation, he will have to keep law enforcement informed about his online activity and will appear in safety checks carried out by organisations that work with vulnerable people.

"Like-minded people who think their own activity will go unnoticed should take heed that the NCA and PSNI will find them and bring them before the courts."

ANON Nov 23rd, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Ombudsman wants Magdalene scheme re-examined after some women excluded…

The Department of Justice and the Ombudsman are at odds over the administration of a scheme designed to compensate women who were admitted to or worked in institutions and Magdalene laundries.

The differences centre on why some women were excluded from compensation under the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme, which was set up in 2013.

In a report due to be published today, called Opportunity Lost - An Investigation by the Ombudsman in to the administration of the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme, the Ombudsman Peter Tyndall criticises the Department of Justice for their its administration of the scheme and recommends the cases of women omitted from it be re-examined.

The Ombudsman's investigation was prompted by complaints by a group of women who were excluded from the scheme.

The department omitted the women from the scheme because it said they were not in one of the 12 institutions covered by it.

In the report, the Ombudsman rejects this saying evidence from his investigation shows some of the Magdalene laundries were inextricably linked with other units, attached to the laundries, or located on the same grounds.

He said they should be considered to be one and the same institution.

Mr Tyndall recommends the department to re-examine the cases of women excluded from the scheme and to report back to him in three months.

He also expresses frustration over the failure of discussions between his office and the department to resolve the complaints.

ANON Nov 23rd, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

One woman's story:

"I was married to my husband for ten years before I told him my story. I was that ashamed.

I was so ashamed."

The Ombudsman describes a failure by the department to put in place requirements for women, without the capacity to make decisions on their own behalf, to make applications to the restorative scheme as "maladministration".

In a submission also published in the Ombudsman's report, the secretary general of the department says the Ombudsman's criticisms derive from the belief there was a restricted interpretation of the scheme.

The secretary general adds he cannot agree with the Ombudsman's interpretation.

The Ombudsman's main recommendation, he contends, would "involve double payments, as persons in industrial schools have had a separate compensation scheme" and "would involve a very significant increase in the number of potential applicants way beyond the number envisaged by the Government when the scheme was approved".

"This amounts to a major change in the scope of the scheme which only the Government can decide upon", the secretary general adds.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said his department would give "full and careful consideration" to all the recommendations in the Ombudsman's report

ANON Nov 21st, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Irish man charged over planning sex with teenage girl…

A 54-year old Irish man has appeared in court in Leeds charged with two offences in relation to attempting to engage in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl.

Kieran Creaven, whose address cannot be published by order of the court, was arrested in Leeds on Saturday night.

Mr Creaven is a senior television producer in the RTÉ Sports department.

He is accused that on one or more occasions between 17 July and 18 November this year, he attempted to meet up or communicate with a 13-year-old girl following grooming.

He is also accused that between the same dates he attempted to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.

The Crown Prosecution Service objected to bail, but he was remanded on bail to appear again at Leeds Crown Court on 18 December.

RTÉ said in a statement it is aware of the matter, which is being dealt with by the police in Leeds.

ANON Nov 21st, 2017 @ 12:15 PM

Caldey Island sexual abuse independent inquiry call…

Victims of historic sexual abuse at a monastery on Caldey Island deserve an independent inquiry, a support group has said.

Six women have been paid compensation in an out-of-court settlement following sexual abuse claims in the 1970s and 1980s by a monk at the abbey.

The Children's Commissioner is to write to the monastery for an assurance that children who visit the island are safe.

The Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors group want an investigation.

"It is human nature to protect those around you," said Jo Kind, the Welsh representative of the group which supports women and men who have been sexually abused by members of the Church.

"In order for that to be open and for all of the facts to be found out, there does need an independent inquiry from somebody who is not part of the institution, who can come in with expertise, ask the right questions and find out what happened."

Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed it received reports of historical sexual abuse by a monk on Caldey Island.

Father Thaddeus Kotik, who lived on the Pembrokeshire island for 45 years, abused six children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ms Kind also wants a "full and frank apology" from the abbot and called for a change in the law so reporting of sexual abuse "should be mandatory".

"That would make it much easier for people to report because victims wouldn't fear that it would damage their relationship with the institution," said Ms Kind,

"They would know that they would have to do it.

"There would have been a lot of people who knew about Father Thaddeus, not just on the island but further up in the Cistercian order.

"The people that have been abused in this way deserve and an independent inquiry so the truth of what happened is fully exposed. They need to know who knew what and when."

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ANON Nov 18th, 2017 @ 06:11 PM

1/2...Minister to meet Christian Brothers order on sex abuse costs…

Education Minister Richard Bruton’s officials will meet the Christian Brothers order next week to discuss a disputed land deal to help meet their liability for child abuse redress costs.

The Department of Education has declined the order’s previous offer of a shared ownership of playing fields.

However, department secretary general Seán Ó Foghlú told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that, since last discussing the issue with TDs in April, an amended offer has been received.

The matter arose after he provided an update on the status of 18 properties offered to the department in 2009, only five of which have so far been completely transferred to State ownership.

Of €110m also offered eight years ago by a number of orders, the majority of which has been received. The outstanding €10m is due to be received next year from the Daughters of Charity and the Christian Brothers.

While there was no other monies outstanding, he said, there remains the issue of the Christian Brothers’ offer of a share in playing fields.

The department has previously told the order it would not accepted the offer of part-ownership of the 49 school playing fields, which they wanted to transfer as part of their contribution after the Ryan Report’s publication in 2009.

“When they initially offered, we engaged with them and indicated to them the terms under which we would want to have that transferred,” Mr Ó Foghlú told the PAC on Thursday. “They indicated that they did not wish to advance along those lines.

“However, they made further contact with us since the last meeting of the PAC to consider that, and they said that they had reconsidered the offer, whereby the state would be entitled to receive 50% of the proceeds, should any of those lands be sold.”

ANON Nov 18th, 2017 @ 06:08 PM

2/2...TDs heard that a meeting is scheduled for next Friday to discuss this revised proposal to the department. However, Mr Ó Foghlú did not outline how the offer would be viewed or if it is likely to be accepted.

Earlier this year, the Christian Brothers sold playing fields associated with its Clonkeen College campus in Blackrock, Co Dublin, for a reported €18m, despite opposition from the school which claimed there was a legal agreement the land would not be sold as long as the school is operating.

Of 13 properties offered by orders in 2009 but which have not yet transferred, contracts have been signed for three in Clare, Tipperary, and Dublin. Galway Independent TD Catherine Connolly said she deplored that it has taken so long, referring to a building offered in Galway city by the Sisters of Mercy that she said has been vacant for several years.

Mr Ó Foghlú said it is the only one of the 18 buildings offered by congregations in 2009 where the State intends to keep it for public use and that is entirely vacant. It is intended to go to Galway City Council for use as young people’s creative and cultural hub.

There are still six religious-owned properties offered in 2002, as part of the orders’ contribution toward indemnity from institutional child abuse redress costs, that have yet to be fully transferred.

Mr Ó Foghlú said the outstanding property is valued at €4.9m but the five which are still being pursued are in full use by the State, with legal matters holding up finalisation of some transfers, such as qualifications on property title due to boundaries or planning.

ANON Nov 18th, 2017 @ 06:02 PM

Man charged over sex attack on girl in Pollok lane...

A man has appeared in court charged with a sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl.
Paul Lavery allegedly carried out the sex attack in a lane linking Langton Crescent with Drumcross Road in Pollok, on 14 November.
Prosecutors claim the 36-year-old assaulted the girl "with intent to rape her".
Lavery, who is from the Pollok area, appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
He made no plea and was remanded in custody.
He will appear again next week for a full committal hearing.

ANON Nov 18th, 2017 @ 05:57 PM

A sex offender has been jailed for five years for the sexual assault and defilement of a 14-year-old boy he met following contact through a website.

Michael Galligan (40), who is on the sex offenders' register, has four previous convictions, including one for sexual assault and one for a breach of the sex offenders act.

Galligan, with an address at Springfield, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three counts of defilement of a child under the age of 15, and two counts of sexual assault of the boy on dates in 2015.

The court heard the child had gone on to a particular website and indicated he was 18-years-old.

The prosecuting garda told the prosecution that following online contact Galligan and the boy met on three dates during 2015 when the offences occurred.

She said that the boy had been wearing his school uniform on the second occasion he met Galligan.

She said that the boy's family became aware of mobile phone contact and gardaí were alerted. Judge Martin Nolan said Galligan should have known the age of the boy after the first meeting.

He said part of the law was to "protect 14-year-olds from themselves" and said Galligan knew what he was doing was seriously wrong.

Judge Nolan imposed a seven-year sentence and suspended the final two on strict conditions.

The garda said the investigation involving technical evidence and mobile contact had been quite complex. Galligan was interviewed and ultimately made admissions in relation to these charges.

The court heard the boy did not wish to make a victim impact statement and was endeavouring to move on with his life. The garda said during her evidence that the boy had been frightened, distressed and felt worthless during the offending.

The garda agreed with the defence that the boy had made first contact with Galligan.

The defence said this was not a case where Galligan had gone out looking for an under-age child, but accepted that once he met the child he knew he was under-age.

He handed in letters from Galligan to the injured party and the court.

He said Galligan accepted what he had done was wrong and that he should have walked away from the situation.

ANON Nov 18th, 2017 @ 05:51 PM

Paedophile travelled from Glasgow to Luton to meet girl…

A man who made a 370-mile journey with a cuddly toy and 48 condoms in expectation of raping an eight-year-old girl has been jailed.

Robert Burns, 48, of Wyndford Road, Glasgow, travelled to Luton after exchanging explicit online messages.

Luton Crown Court heard he was caught in a police operation and was arrested when he arrived at Luton Airport.

He admitted arranging the commission of a child sex offence and was jailed for five and a half years.

The court heard Burns exchanged graphic messages with a person he believed was the child's mother on a child abuse website based in Russia, in which he admitted liking girls aged nine to 12.

He thought a girl would be provided for him, and police said his journey to Bedfordshire included a seven-hour overnight bus journey.

'Shocking and perverted'

When officers arrested the former chef, they found a jewellery box, a money box, two dolls and a Valentine cracker containing dice used for a sex game alongside the condoms and cuddly toy.

Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew said: "He said it was only a fantasy and said he saw no harm in being interested in children."

Judge Michael Kay described Burns's online conversations as "shocking and perverted".

He added: "You have no insight into the effect of what you planned would have psychologically let alone physically on a child of eight.

"It was A wrong, B evil and C out of step with what any reasonable person would think."

Burns will also be on the sex offenders register for life and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order as well as a four and a half year extended license after his jail term.

ANON Nov 18th, 2017 @ 05:47 PM

Celibacy cannot be blamed for clerical sex abuse because the average perpetrator does not commit the crime for up to 20 years after entering the priesthood, according to a top Vatican expert….

Professor Hans Zollner, a member of the Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors, said "celibacy as such is not the problem" because the average age of clerical paedophiles is 39. If were a problem, the age would be closer to that when priests take their vows, which is usually in their twenties.

The "biggest risk", he warned, was when "celibacy is not lived in an integrated way", and when priests are not given the support they need for their priesthood, which can lead to isolation, spiritual difficulties and even addictions.

Prof Zollner was giving an address to a symposium on the formation of Catholic priests at the national seminary in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

He stressed that greater attention must be given to the protection of minors and vulnerable people in the formation of seminarians, and that it must not be confined to a one-off safeguarding lecture or workshop so that a box could be ticked.

Highlighting a current campaign in the European Union which suggests that one-in-five people in Europe has been abused sexually, Dr Zollner asked how many men in Catholic seminaries had been victims of abuse.

"I believe that as a Church we have put away the trauma of sexual abuse," the 51-year-old said.

He warned that more needed to be done to address the residual trauma of the abuse scandals.

Elsewhere in his address, he warned against prioritising quantity over quality in choosing candidates for the priesthood.

"There is an urgent need for more priests but do we lower our admission standards for that reason," he asked.

"When you take in anybody, the indirect effect is that it deters those who are up to the job and may not think of entering the seminary," he said.

He said this was because they saw weak individuals who have been accepted, and were put off by that.

He also hit out at bishops who disregarded seminary formators' advice on poor quality candidates, and push ahead with ordaining unsuitable men in order for them to look good on vocations numbers

ANON Nov 9th, 2017 @ 02:11 PM

1/2...Church keeps sex abuse redress property…

Six properties promised to the State by the Catholic Church in 2002 still remain outside full public ownership 15 years later, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

Documents obtained reveal a further 13 properties “handed over” in 2009, including the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin, also continue to remain outside of the State’s control.

The Department of Education has been sharply criticised by the chairman and members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for the “unacceptable delays” in transferring the properties over to the State.

The PAC is to bring the secretary general of the Department of Education, Seán Ó Foghlú, next week to seek answers from him over the failure to transfer the lands.

PAC chairman Sean Fleming, speaking to the Irish Examiner, said there has been a total “malaise” within the department.

“Clearly there has been an insufficient determination to wrap this matter up,” he said. “It is completely unacceptable to have these matters outstanding 15 years after agreements were reached.

“We will now hear evidence from Mr Ó Foghlú on this matter next week and the lack of progress will be top of the agenda.”

PAC member Catherine Murphy echoed Mr Fleming’s concerns, saying the delays are “astonishing”.

“The public deserves better than vague updates and an inability from the department to fully disclose their engagements with the congregations,” she said.

In the documents, Mr Ó Foghlú sought to defend the delays, saying each is a “separate transaction which has to be completed in accordance with conveyancing law and standard practice”.

“The completion of these transfers has proved to be a time-consuming and resource intensive process,” he said in correspondence.

ANON Nov 9th, 2017 @ 02:09 PM

2/2...He also said many of the properties are already in use for education, childcare, or healthcare purposes despite the ownership issue remaining outstanding.

According to the documents, several of the properties have only “minor” title issues outstanding, while others are still waiting for contracts to be signed.

It has emerged that one of the six outstanding properties agreed upon in 2002 has been rejected for use by the State.

The property Moate National School in Aghanargit, Co Westmeath which is in the charge of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy Western Province, was deemed unsuitable.

As a result, “alternative suitable property or cash in lieu [is being] sought”, according to the documents.

On the other five 2002 properties, Mr Ó Foghlú said minor issues remain to be resolved prior to final transfer.

“These include the resolution of boundary or planning issues and or the appointment of new trustees etc,” he said.

Mr Ó Foghlú said that, because the matters are still subject to legal discussions, it would not be appropriate to provide more specific details as to the delays.

On the 13 properties agreed upon in 2009, Mr Ó Foghlú said that, following a Government decision to accept the lands, “further detailed technical work was required on each individual property”.

On the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Mr Ó Foghlú has said the transfer has “proven to be particularly complex as it involves a new ownership structure for the hospital itself”.

“Progress is, however, being made on this transfer,” he said.

According to Education Minister Richard Bruton, a cash contribution of €54.42m under the agreement with the religious congregations have been received.

“It was agreed a total of 64 properties would be accepted under the agreement,” he said. “A total of 50 properties have been fully transferred and there are no outstanding issues.”

Former education minister Michael Woods signed the deal with the Church in 2002, which capped its liability for child abuse compensation at €127m.

However, the final bill for the State will exceed €1.2bn

ANON Nov 9th, 2017 @ 02:05 PM

1/2...Children’s constitutional rights ‘still not vindicated’…

Children’s rights groups have marked the fifth anniversary of the passing of the children’s referendum by claiming there is still some distance to go before the rights enshrined in the Constitution are fully vindicated.

Barnardos, the Children’s Rights Alliance, and the ISPCC held a joint conference to comb over the developments of the past five years ahead of tomorrow’s anniversary of the referendum, highlighting the desperate situation faced by homeless children around the country and the formation of the child and family agency, Tusla.

A number of high-profile speakers addressed continuing gaps in service provision and in the law as regards children and their rights.

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay said: “We have changed the law, we have changed the institutions, but we have yet to change the culture.”

He said he welcomed both the creation of Tusla and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, but said when the referendum was being held five years ago, nobody could have imagined that today more than 3,000 children would be homeless.

Tanya Ward, the chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said that “the number of children living in poverty would now fill Croke Park three times over”.
She also referred to the need for the legal system to become more child-friendly and a less intimidating place for children.

ANON Nov 9th, 2017 @ 02:03 PM

2/2...One of the key speakers yesterday was Professor Geoffrey Shannon, the Government-appointed special rapporteur on child law, who said: “Rights without resources are rights denied.

“This referendum was to create a new vision for Ireland where all families have their rights realised. Children are our greatest resource. How we treat our children is a statement of our commitment to the future.”

ISPCC Childline chief executive Grainia Long said a 24-hour social worker service is crucial for children’s wellbeing as their issues and problems do not end at 5pm, with adults deciding when their rights start and stop.

Positive developments since the passing of the referendum were also highlighted, including the Children and Family Relationships Act, while former minister Mary O’Rourke recalled the huge number of meetings at joint Oireachtas committee level which facilitated the wording put before the people for the referendum.

Child law solicitor Gareth Noble of KOD Lyons said there had been a lamentable lack of progress on children’s rights since the referendum, referring specifically to proposed changes to the role of the guardian ad litem in child welfare cases, which, he said, could be diluted down to the role of witness to proceedings.

He also criticised a lack of resources to ensure the voices of children are heard and a shortage of aftercare supports which, he said, are subject to resources, as well as the extent of waiting lists to access the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

ANON Nov 9th, 2017 @ 02:01 PM

Belfast pervert who had 17,753 indecent images says he's 'untreatable'…

A sex offender told his probation officer he had a "long-standing" interest in children and that no treatment programme would change this, a court has heard.

Carey Lyons, who has 68 previous convictions mostly linked to indecent images of children, struggles to cope on his own and deliberately reoffends so he can be returned to prison.

The 59-year old has already served several sentences after being caught with images of children being sexually abused.

He was back at Belfast Crown Court yesterday where he was handed a three-year sentence for further offending between December 2014 and March 2016.

The court heard that on March 23 last year, Lyons' premises in Belfast's Ormeau Road were searched after a support worker from the Probation Board raised concerns that he had breached the terms of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

During the search, items including a laptop, hard drive and other digital devices were seized.

Lyons was arrested and during an interview, he told police he was attracted to girls aged between eight and 12.

Some 17,753 indecent images and videos were found on the devices before police stopped counting. There were 356 prohibited images of children, as well as 14 extreme pornographic images.

Lyons pleaded guilty to 22 offences, including multiple charges of possessing indecent images of children. He also admitted breaching a SOPO.

During sentencing, Judge Patricia Smyth noted comments made by a probation officer who worked with Lyons, who revealed he deliberately reoffended so he will be returned to the only place he feels safe - prison.

The probation officer was also told by Lyons that he had a "long-term interest in children and there may not be any treatment which will change this".

Lyons was handed a three-year sentence for his latest offending half in custody and the rest on supervised licence.

As he has already served his custody period on remand, Lyons is due for immediate release.

Judge Smyth said Lyons will be required to undertake a treatment programme.

He was ordered to live at an address approved by the Probation Board, and is banned from having unsupervised contact with children.

ANON Nov 7th, 2017 @ 12:27 PM

1/2...Sisters urge victims of sexual abuse to come forward as their father is jailed for 10 years…

Two sisters who were regularly raped and abused by their father have encouraged other victims to come forward.

Amy Barrett and Melissa O’Keeffe, speaking after Jerry O’Keeffe was jailed for 10 years, sent out a defiant message to other sex abuse victims that it is never too late to seek help.

Both women waived their right to anonymity to speak out publicly.

O’Keeffe, aged 68, a retired soldier, of Oakhill, Youghal, Co Cork, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to three charges of rape, five of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

These were nine sample charges out of 78 covering a period from January 1980 to March 1987.

Justice Patrick McCarthy said O’Keeffe’s crimes had brought about the destruction of his daughters’ childhoods.

“It is hard to find words to describe each new outrage inflicted on these children,” the judge said.

Speaking outside court, Amy said she and Melissa were happy with the sentence. It was never about the jail term, it was about his admission of guilt, she said.

It’s almost like we’re in mourning for him now,” she said. “It was never about the sentence it was always about an admission of guilt, keeping him away from other kids, and getting closure for ourselves.”

They encouraged others to report abuse.

“It’s a kind of happy-sad because 10 years sends out a good message that abuse and rape of a child is not right,” Amy said. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes the victim to come forward, it’s never too late.

“We are happy but we are sad at the same time because obviously he is still our dad and it is almost like we are going to be in mourning for him now.”

The court heard Amy’s rape ordeal occurred over five years, starting when she was eight, and that it was a commonplace event and amounted to “repeated, extremely serious abuse”.

The assaults against Melissa, which began when she was 11 and went on for six years, were also extremely serious.

ANON Nov 7th, 2017 @ 12:24 PM

2/2...The sisters reported the abuse to the Southern Health Board in 1999 after attending the Rape Crisis Centre in Cork. As a result, O’Keeffe agreed to leave the family home and no further action was taken against him. Melissa said she went to gardaí in 1999 but withdrew the allegations after her parents confronted her.

Both victims reported the matter to gardaí again in October 2014.

Mr Justice McCarthy said that he was taking O’Keeffe’s guilty plea into account in mitigation, but that it came “not at the 11th hour but at five minutes to midnight” after legal proceedings had commenced.

He said “these days 68 is no great age” and said it would not count towards mitigation of his sentence. He said the case merited consecutive sentences, and the appropriate total period of incarceration was 10 years. He imposed a seven-year sentence for the rapes and a three-year term of imprisonment for the sexual assaults, to run consecutively.

Mr Justice McCarthy instructed that O’Keeffe’s name be added to the sex offenders register and said he must liaise with the probation services for three years following his release.

Speaking to TV3 News ahead of yesterday’s sentencing, Amy said despite of the abuse, she still loved her father.

“I still love my dad and I know people might think that that’s just mental, but I do,” she said. “I looked up to him. I don’t understand and I would say to him ‘why?’ I had an opportunity to confront my dad a few years ago and I did and I asked him. I said ‘do you remember raping me, Dad?’ and he said ‘I do girl’ like I had just said something so casual.

He’s very flippant about it all.

“I would ask him ‘why?’ I didn’t deserve this, my innocence taken away from me, Melissa’s innocence taken away.”

Melissa said she would never forgive her father and he was now dead to her.

“I don’t like him,” she said. “I want no more to do with him. He’s dead to me, I suppose.”

Mary Crilly of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork said the sister’s bravery should help others to come forward.

“It’s never too late and I think these two women have really shown that and I really admire them and the way they really kept at it, kept holding on,” she said.

“They had a horrific life, a horrific childhood but they kept going this is going on for years and they finally have justice.”

ANON Nov 6th, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

35 US babies adopted by Irish families in last four years…

Irish families have adopted 35 US-born babies over the past four years, according to Ireland’s Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone

Zappone was in New York last week to meet with the Irish Adoption Authority to discuss the Irish-American agreement, established in 2013, that allows Irish families to adopt from the US, Her.ie reports.

She stated that most of the children were six months old when they arrived in Ireland, and the babies have come from New York, Florida, California, and Pennsylvania.

Minister Zappone said:

"Every child deserves a loving and safe home – and distance should be no object in achieving that goal.

"The Irish Adoption Authority under the Chair of Dr Geoffrey Shannon and the leadership of CEO Patricia Carey are to be congratulated for having the vision to put in place our arrangement with the United States.

"For 35 children from New York, Florida, California and Pennsylvania the agreement has meant a new life in Ireland.

"One can only imagine the hope, joy and love that each of these adoptions represents."

ANON Nov 6th, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

Northern Ireland footballer on child sex pictures charges…

Co Down Orangeman Keith Cardy (44) faces a single count of engaging in sexual communication with a girl under 16 "for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification the communication being sexual or intended to encourage the said child to make a communication that was sexual".

The offence is alleged to have taken place between April 11-29 this year.

Last Friday at Newtownards Magistrates Court, defence barrister Conor Holmes said while the offence would be contested, the trial would proceed "on the papers and legal submissions."

He told the court there was a videotaped police interview with the alleged victim but that did not need to be played at the contest as the statement has been agreed.

Cardy, from the Southwell Road in Bangor, was freed on continuing bail.

District Judge Mark Hamill said he would review the case on December 29 ahead of the contest which he scheduled for January 5 next year.

Cliftonville star Jay Donnelly has been charged with taking and distributing an indecent photograph of a child, Sunday Life can reveal.

The 22-year-old striker for the north Belfast side, who also played for the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad, is due before Belfast Magistrates Court tomorrow on two charges.

It's alleged that on June 28 last year he took an indecent photograph of a child and between that date and October 25, 2016, he distributed or showed the photograph.

The club were unaware that Donnelly had been charged and is due to appear in court.

ANON Nov 4th, 2017 @ 04:58 PM

'Sexual predator of the worst kind' jailed for child sex abuse spanning decades…

A ‘sexual predator of the worst kind’ has been jailed for eight years for child sexual abuse spanning decades.

Matthew Mansfield, 37, was handed the sentence for sexually abusing a young girl as well as possessing indecent images of children of the most extreme kind, Bedford Police said.

Mansfield, of Axe Close, Luton, was arrested in 2016 and a number of computer devices seized after police received intelligence suggesting an IP address linked to him had been sharing images of child sexual abuse.

The devices seized were found to have hundreds of child sexual abuse images, including almost 700 of the most severe category involving very young children.

Indecent images devices seized from Mansfield were found to have hundreds of child sexual abuse images, including almost 700 of the most severe category involving very young children

Following the discovering Mansfield was charged with three counts relating to the indecent images of children.

While he was on bail pending a court appearance, he went to Luton Police Station where he confessed to sexually abusing a young girl over a period of several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, leading to additional charges of nine counts of indecent assault of a child.

Investigation Officer Dave Paton, from Bedfordshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team (ICAIT), said: “Mansfield is a sexual predator of the very worst kind.

“His abuse of children spanned decades from the young girl he assaulted more than 20 years ago, to the more recent sharing of indecent images.

“Child sexual abuse of any kind, including online, will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and I hope this sends a message to others that we will catch you and you will be held accountable for your actions.

“I hope this result gives others the confidence to come forward and report sexual abuse, with the assurance that we will take action and justice can be done.