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State bullying victims of abuse - Mary Lou McDonald TD

22 July, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the State’s decision to pursue costs from victims of school sexual abuse is a disgrace and has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene.

Deputy McDonald was also said letters sent to these victims from the State, calling on them to withdraw their cases and warning of high costs, amounted to bullying.

Teachta McDonald said;

“The State is essentially bullying victims of sexual abuse with these letters.

“I raised this issue two weeks ago at Leaders’ Questions and I called on the government to ensure that the State would not seek legal costs from these victims if their cases were unsuccessful.

“I think that is the very least that the state could do to allow these victims to at least try to seek justice from the courts without fear of being ruined financially as a result.

“The State’s decision to pursue costs is a disgraceful decision in my opinion and whoever made the call should hang their head in shame.

“I would appeal to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene here, to show some compassion and to ensure that this decision is reversed.”

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