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    Fr Donncha MacCárthaigh named by Senator Mark Daly in relation to allegations.

    Senator Mark Daly told the Seanad yesterday:
    Parents need to be aware that while no charges were pressed despite the seven allegations of abuse reported to four different Garda stations against Fr. Donncha Mac Cárthaigh, the aforementioned priest-----. The Irish Examiner report today is here.

    The full contribution of Senator Daly follows:

    "Senator Mark Daly: In 1987, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence published a study entitled “The self-reported sex crimes of non-incarcerated paedophiles”. This study found that in a lifetime, a single child abuser will sexually abuse and rape, on average, 150 children. It is estimated by One in Four that only one in 100 victims of child abuse who come forward and report incidents of rape and sexual abuse to the Garda Síochána will see their abuser being successfully convicted.

    With so few convictions, it is little wonder that so much abuse went on for so long. It was exacerbated by the silence and inaction of the church, as we see in Cloyne. In the former boarding school in Carraig Na bhFear, Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, a priest teaching in the school was convicted of ten sample charges of indecent assault in one case. Seven formal allegations of child abuse have also been made against another priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and a former teacher in the same school. Despite seven separate cases being reported to four different Garda stations between 1986 and 2008 about this priest, the Director of Public Prosecutions declined to pursue criminal prosecutions. However, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart settled a civil case before it was brought to court with one of those who alleged they were sexually assaulted.

    On foot of these original allegations and subsequent civil action, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart placed the priest under a restricted ministry order in 1996 which was intended to restrict the activities of the priest including limiting his travel, work and access to children. The priest, however, acted in direct contravention of this restricted ministry order and violated the safeguarding of children standards and guidance documents for the Catholic church. The religious order in question has also failed to enforce this order and guidelines.

    For example, part of the restricted ministry order states the priest must inform his community leader of his movements in and outside Ireland. In March last year, the priest in question was advertised in The Irish Catholic newspaper, which also ran the headline, “Abuse Era at an End”-----

    An Leas-Chathaoirleach:
    The Senator may not display material in the Chamber.

    Senator Mark Daly: I am sorry.

    The priest in question was advertised as a spiritual director for a pilgrimage to Fatima, a location where he could have unsupervised access to children. The head of the order did not know he had gone to Fatima until I told him.

    Similarly the priest travelled to Rome in Easter 2011 without informing the designated person or Pope Benedict in his role as vicar of Rome. Only last year when I started to make inquiries into the issue at Carraig Na bhFear that the Missionaries of the Scared Heart wrote to the superior general in Rome asking for the priest to be removed from the priesthood. Only in the past few weeks did the superior general forward this request on to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

    It is my information that the first allegation of abuse against this priest was investigated in the 1980s by Fr. Ciarán Mac Cárthaigh. I have grave concerns for the many victims of Carraig Na bhFear and Cloyne who have not yet sought help to deal with the crimes that were perpetrated against them. I met with Cardinal O’Malley of Boston and following the Boston example, myself and Ian Elliot, the chief executive officer of the church’s national board for safeguarding children, met with the Missionaries of the Scared Heart, including the incoming provincial superior, Fr. Joe McGee, as well as Fr. Pat Courtney, on 23 June 2011. At this meeting, they indicated they would follow the example of Boston and contact past pupils and teachers of the Carraig Na bhFear school during the period in question. The order would also place advertisements in the Irish Examiner outlining that abuse had taken place and urged victims to come forward to get help. They have since told me they will not do this.

    I have asked Ian Elliot to carry out a review into the Missionaries of the Scared Heart child protection policy as a matter of extreme urgency. The order should follow the example of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to employ a retired Garda detective to interview on a weekly basis all priests which the order has placed on restricted ministry order.

    The laws of the statute of limitations for civil cases need to be extended for child abuse. The whistleblower legislation has to protect good priests and people who come forward. Mandatory reporting legislation, similar to that in Western Australia, needs to be introduced. The Children First child protection policy guidelines need to be put on a statutory footing.

    Parents need to be aware that while no charges were pressed despite the seven allegations of abuse reported to four different Garda stations against Fr. Donncha Mac Cárthaigh, the aforementioned priest-----

    An Leas-Chathaoirleach: The Senator cannot name an individual in the House. It is totally inappropriate. This is the wrong forum in which to name people in this situation.

    Senator Mark Daly: Thank you, a Leas-Chathaoirligh.

    He was a selector on the Cork minor football team from 1991 to 1993 and manager of the Cork under-16s football team.

    An Leas-Chathaoirleach: The Senator is going down a very dangerous route. We have to be very careful. There are constitutional issues involved. I know there is parliamentary privilege but there is also abuse of it. I must protect somebody who is not here to defend himself. The Senator must be extremely careful he does not abuse his privilege.

    Senator Mark Daly: Thank you, a Leas-Chathaoirligh.

    The Missionaries of the Scared Heart imposed a restricted order which should control the priest in question’s access to children. Victims needs to know there is help and they are not the only ones who have suffered abuse. Nothing we say here and no words of mine can comfort them in their suffering due to a crime so outrageous."

    Cork's Evening Echo tonight reports that the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have issued a statement of apology to anyone abused by members of the Order.
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    As correct an action Senator Daly's was, is it safe to repeat it here ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
    As correct an action Senator Daly's was, is it safe to repeat it here ?
    as safe as it was for the press to report the comments this morning

    Senator Daly has done the state a service and the ensuing coverage might encourage some of the survivors to come forward and speak out
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacko View Post
    as safe as it was for the press to report the comments this morning

    Senator Daly has done the state a service and the ensuing coverage mat encourage some of the survivors to come forward and speak out
    Fair enough, all credit to the guy then.
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    We are getting dangerously close to the witchhunt/News of the World approach, as pioneered by Rebekkah Brooks.
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    When the system we have for investigation and prosecution does not command sufficient confidence, people seek alternative routes.
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    We are getting dangerously close to the witchhunt/News of the World approach, as pioneered by Rebekkah Brooks.
    With the mob led by members of FF!

    If there is any burning/hanging/flogging to be meted out, the likes of Sen Daly should be first in line to suffer some pain.
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    The Examiner follows up on this in detail today

    ‘We have waited years for this to come out’ | Irish Examiner

    However, ever since the Kerry Senator, Mark Daly used Oireachtas privilege on Wednesday to shine a light on the real horror of life in the school during Fr Donncha Mac Carthaigh’s time, victims have been contacting the Irish Examiner to tell their tale. Some have made formal abuse complaints. Others haven’t and are now considering whether to. A number said they "wouldn’t be surprised" if Fr Donncha, the onetime principal and guidance counsellor, abused hundreds of pupils as his abuse was so blatant.

    One spoke of the infirmary at the end of a 150 yard corridor in the school. A six-bed unit, it was used by the younger boys in the junior cycle.

    "Genuinely very sick boys would be sent there and very often, there’d just be one boy in a room with six beds. Dinny Mac Carthaigh was always down there and the way he’d operate, he’d check your forehead, your chest and then somehow end up at your testicles. Sometimes those boys didn’t see a doctor for days," he said. "Remember these were very sick children all alone in an isolated room. It was so quiet that you could literally kill someone."

    It appeared Fr Donncha had little interest in boys in the senior cycle, preferring to prey on the younger, more vulnerable boarders. Day pupils were never touched, former pupils say.

    The first-year dormitory slept between 60 and 70 children. If Fr Donncha was on dormitory supervision, the boys would lie there in the dark petrified that the sound of footsteps would stop near them.

    Even though the scene could not be more public, "he’d sit down beside your locker and start whispering away about GAA. All the time, he’d be abusing you" said another victim.

    Another man, now in his 50s, said he had always felt for the boys who were "put in charge of things".

    "He’d put you in charge of things. It could be in charge of the swimming pool so you’d be in late at night checking the gas levels or cleaning up. Or else you could be in charge of the volleyball courts and then you’d again be there on your own, charged with locking the lockrooms.

    "Our hearts all went out to those guys because we all knew what he was really up to," he said.

    "He was an absolute beast. It wasn’t all sexual. Many’s the night that I saw him belt a small boy across the face. He was the most brutal, physical man. He’d beat the daylights out of them. Here he was a pillar of the community and yet he was like a preying mantis," he said.

    Read more: ‘We have waited years for this to come out’ | Irish Examiner
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    Well done to Senator Daly, this was well worded and considered move, he tried dealing with the order directly , got nowhere , he then moved to the senate , rather than let this go, a brave move and a correct one, one of the few times the senate has shown its relevance.
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    Minister Shatter criticises the naming as 'completely inappropriate' says the Examiner.

    Priest's brother investigated abuse claim.
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