Cabinet to discuss school abuse ruling as more survivors come forward
THE Cabinet will discuss the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the Louise O'Keeffe case at its meeting next week.
The court ruled yesterday that the State had failed to meet its obligation to protect Ms O'Keeffe (46) from abuse when she was at school.
A flood of other survivors are now expected to seek compensation in court for abuse suffered in Irish national schools.
Louise O'Keeffe's landmark win against the State has resulted in others coming forward.
Tim O'Rourke, who says he was abused by a teacher when he was 11-years-old, is demanding not only a change in the law – but also in the attitude of the State. "I don't want anybody to say 'wait another week, wait another day'. I just do not want to wait," he said.
"A great number of people have discontinued perfectly good cases – where they were genuine victims of serious sexual crime – because the State told them they couldn't succeed in law," explained solicitor James McGill.
Another alleged victim, John Barrett, lost a case he took against the state authorities but feels he should be entitled to some form of redress.
He believes he has the right to go back and demand the authorities compensate him as they have compensated others.
"That's my constitutional right,'' he said.