Shine case settlement welcome – inquiry is next step – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the settlement between 112 victims of abuse by disgraced former consultant Michael Shine and insurers for the Medical Missionaries of Mary in whose hospital, the Lourdes in Drogheda, the abuse took place.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said it is essential that there should now be an inquiry into how the catalogue of abuse was allowed to happen and was covered up for so long.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“The settlement between 112 victims of abuse by disgraced former consultant Michael Shine and the Medical Missionaries of Mary is to be welcomed. It is progress on one key aspect of this scandal – the need for recompense for the victims. It is no credit to the Medical Missionaries of Mary that the victims had to pursue this outcome for years with the religious order fighting the case all the way.
“The next step is for the victims and for Irish society to find answers about why this abuse was allowed to carry on for so long and why it was covered up. The role of the religious order, the Hospital, the health authorities and the Gardaí needs to be probed. While the independence of the DPP is respected, the decision on whether Shine is to be prosecuted should issue as soon as possible.
“Victims contrast their long campaign for an inquiry with the speed with which, for example, the government acted in initiating an inquiry into defamation by the Prime Time programme and, just today, in calling the Central Bank into the Finance Committee on the Ulster Bank crisis.
“Health Minister James Reilly needs to establish an inquiry into this scandal which ranks as one of the most large-scale and prolonged cases of multiple abuse in the history of the state.” ENDS