FRESH questions have been raised about the extent of child abuse by the Brothers of Charity after the emergence of new evidence of horrific conditions at a home in Cork run by the order.
The Irish Independent
has obtained hundreds of pages of documents about the dreadful living conditions of vulnerable children in the care of the congregation at Lota residential facility in Glanmire, Co Cork.
But it is understood that the documents were not made available to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, which condemned the Brothers of Charity in the 2009 Ryan Report.
It begs serious questions about how many other documents detailing horrific abuse may have slipped under the commission's radar.
Lota has hit the headlines over the past 15 years as a result of shocking sexual abuse perpetrated on dozens of pupils there.
Two men came to typify the brutal exploitation of youngsters in the 1950s and '60s who were entrusted to Lota's care.
Brother Ambrose, also known as James Kelly; and Brother Eunan, also known as James Redmond, were both convicted of a horrific catalogue of abuses against children as young as 10.
Br Ambrose (85) was described as "an evil monster". He later admitted he lost count of the number of youngsters he had abused over more than 20 years. One victim said that they had been subjected to "a reign of sexual terror" in the facility.
But the voices of mentally handicapped youngsters who were resident there have never been heard.