School sex abuse cases dropped after State Agency wrote to victims – Nolan
Commenting today on figures released by the Department of Education in response to a Parliamentary Question, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills Teachta Carol Nolan has stated that the Government must engage meaningfully with victims.
Teachta Nolan said:
“It is truly distressing to see that seven sex abuse victims have dropped their cases against the state for school sex abuse after the letters written to them by the State Claims Agency.
“The cowardly actions in writing to these victims during the Dáil recess when the issue may not be highlighted, shows up this Government for what they are.
“While the letters may have had the desired result in this small number of cases, there remains a hundred victims determined to pursue justice. I applaud their courage.
“I am calling on the Government to implement the O’Keefe ruling in full and grant these victims the justice they deserve.”
Note to Editors: Parliamentary Question response below:
Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school sex abuse
litigants his Department has written to in respect of an offer to not seek
costs if the litigants take no further legal action; the number of the cases
which have since been dropped; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Carol Nolan.
* For WRITTEN answer on Friday, 16th September, 2016.
Reference Number: 26220/16
The State Claims Agency (SCA), who manage such cases on behalf of the State has
issued letters to solicitor firms representing 107 cases. To date, 7 claims
have been discontinued.