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Doherty welcomes commitment of support services for community affected by Michael Ferry

20 July, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed confirmation from the HSE this evening that a multi-agency response, including support and counselling services for victims, will be announced tomorrow in response to the conviction of Michael Ferry for raping four young boys.

Speaking this evening Deputy Doherty said there may be more victims in the area and it is important that there are services in place to support all of those who have been affected by the actions of Michael Ferry both directly and indirectly.

Deputy Doherty said:

“I contacted the HSE today and informed them that it is my strong view that a statutory response is needed in Gaoth Dobhair to help the victims of Michael Ferry. This must include support and counselling services for all those affected by this mans actions both directly and indirectly.

“It is my understanding that these services will be provided and will be announced tomorrow morning and I welcome that commitment.

“It is quite possible that there are more victims out there that have not come forward yet and it is very important that services are in place for these people.” ENDS

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