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Tuesday 23 September 2014

CRC 'appalled' by contents of Savile report

Central Remedial Clinic

Clodagh Sheehy

Published 27/06/2014 | 08:37

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The Central Remedial Clinic have said that it is "appalled" by the contents of the report released by the NHS regarding Jimmy Savile.

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In a statement issued this morning, the CRC also stated that "at no time" has it ever been aware of any inappropriate or criminal behaviour concerning Jimmy Savile "neither during, nor after, his involvement with the CRC".

The national centre for children and adults with physical disabilities said it regards the safety and well being of its clients as "paramount".

The CRC also urges anyone with knowledge of any criminal or inappropriate incidents involving the disgraced presenter to contact the relevant authorities. 

Meanwhile, Health Minister James Reilly has said he is "very concerned" about the possibility that paedophile Jimmy Savile abused Irish children during his numerous visits to this country.

Dr Reilly has confirmed that he will be liaising with Children's Minister Charlie Flanagan on the issue.

When the revelations first emerged, the Central Remedial Clinic, which cares for children with a physical disability - and benefited from the Top of the Pops presenter's help with funding - said it was unaware of any allegations surrounding him while he was in Ireland.

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Mr Savile's visit brought out a crowd of 30,000 in 1971 when he led a charity walk from Dublin city centre to Baldoyle on behalf of the CRC.

Dr Reilly said he would speak to Mr Flanagan on the issue of the safety of children who may have come in contact with Savile when he was in Ireland in the 1970s.

"Well, obviously we would be very concerned to ensure that nobody fell victim to somebody with the reputation that he clearly now has, posthumously," Dr Reilly said.

It comes in the wake of the horrific revelations about the former television star who after his death was found to be a paedophile who engaged in macabre abuse.

A series of chilling reports released yesterday found the disgraced entertainer 
committed "truly awful" abuse against patients and even boasted about having sex with corpses.

Branded as an "opportunistic sexual predator" by investigators, Savile used the NHS and his celebrity status to "exploit and abuse" patients and staff.

Among the most disturbing findings are "macabre accounts" of claims the presenter performed sex acts on dead bodies in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and at least one other hospital.

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