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Tánaiste refuses to answer questions about state’s handling of Ó Lubhlaí abuse allegations – Sinn Féin

27 November, 2014

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh have stated that grave questions remain unanswered regarding the way in which various agencies of the state, including An Garda Síochána, handled allegations and investigations of abuse by the founder of Cumann na BhFiann Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí.

In a joint statement this afternoon, they said;

“Today, in both the Seanad and the Dáil, we raised very serious cases of alleged sexual abuse. These allegations are of the gravest nature involving possibly up to one hundred victims.

“We raised this case because we were asked to do so by victims.

“These victims have come up against a brick wall in their quest for answers and for justice.

“That brick wall has been placed in their way by various agencies of the state, including a number of government departments and An Garda Síochána.

“We expressed our serious concern that victims have been refused access to the report from the internal Garda review into how these complaints and allegations were handled.

“This report has been on the desk of the Minister for Justice since July.

“We further expressed concern that the Department of Justice and An Garda Síochána have yet to forward information to Tusla to allow that agency to pursue its investigations into these allegations.

“The Tánaiste failed to call on An Garda Síochána to give the victims access to the review report,

“The Tánaiste also failed to commit that the Department of Justice and An Garda Síochána would pass on the relevant information to Tusla.

“This is a source of grave concern and upset for the victims concerned.

“We regret that Joan Burton chose instead to slur those who raised questions on the victim’s behalf.”

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