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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Kenny agrees to meet with Fiona Doyle who was repeatedly raped by her father

Enda Kenny has offered to meet Fiona Doyle, the woman who was raped for 10 years by her father

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has offered to meet Fiona Doyle, the woman who was raped for 10 years by her father, only to see him walk free from court.

Ms Doyle is looking to meet Mr Kenny to discuss sentencing for rape and sex crimes.

Mr Kenny paid tribute to the courage of Ms Doyle and said he will accept her request for a meeting.

"I would be quite willing to meet Mrs Doyle and to hear her view, as a victim of unspeakable horror, as to how a victim would see the court system working," he said.

Mr Kenny has been vague about the prospect of the Government bringing in mandatory sentences for rapists.

The Taoiseach has said he hopes other rape victims won’t be discouraged from coming forward following the outcome of the case.

Ms Doyle's father, Patrick O'Brien, was released on bail pending an appeal, after having nine of his 12-year sentence suspended.

He pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping his daughter over a period of 10 years.

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