Thursday 21 September 2017

Family of accused Christian Brother demands answers from RTE

THE family of a deceased a Christian Brother has accused RTE of a breach of natural justice.

Siblings and other relatives of Brother Gerard Dillon have asked that either his name be cleared, or that the single allegation made against him in RTE's Mission to Prey programme, be proven.



The Dillons made the demand in this week’s The Irish Catholic newspaper.



The family described the programme as ‘'utterly despicable' and a breach of natural justice’’ and have asked that their brother's name be cleared or proof be shown ‘’to back the single allegation’’.



The Irish Catholic reported that 'Mission to Prey' carried an accusation from a South African man that he was abused by Bro. Dillon.



Yesterday Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte asked the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to investigate RTE’s Prime Time Investigates programme.



Prime Time wrongly accused Fr Kevin Reynolds of raping a minor and RTE¨ agreed last week to make a full apology and pay damages to Fr Reynolds.



A number of editorial executives have been suspended, pending the outcome of the inquiry.



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