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Gildernew welcomes departure of Donagh abusers

22 July, 2010

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the admission of the two brothers at the centre of the abuse scandal in Donagh to a Psychiatric unit in Derry.

Ms Gildernew said:

"The removal of these two abusers from the Donagh community needed to happen, it should not have been an option for them to return to this small village. The fact that these two men continued to live in Donagh, in such close proximity to various amenities for the children was an absolute disgrace.

"Whilst the two men are in the hospital on a voluntary basis and at the minute, it appears that they are free to leave, it is a much better place for them to be, both for their own welfare and to allow the community time to heal.

"The people of Donagh, and their victims in particular, have hade to live under the shadow of this for decades, and it is only right that their abusers have done the decent thing and moved on.

"We must still remember that this does not solve the problem and the same problems still exist within the Mental Health legislation and this still needs addressed."

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