Sunday 22 January 2017

Maynooth is not the only casualty - the faithful are also being hurt

Sarah MacDonald

Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland’s National Seminary. Photo: Arthur Carron
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland’s National Seminary. Photo: Arthur Carron

The news that gardaí have told a former seminarian who alleges that he was sexually harassed by a member of staff in the National Seminary in Maynooth that they are taking his complaint seriously and that an investigation will be launched is significant in the latest chapter of the scandal.

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A day after the Irish Independent reported the story of a man who made allegations of inappropriate behaviour at the seminary, he approached gardaí to make a preliminary statement about alleged harassment.

"They certainly felt that a couple of isolated incidents which I mentioned did warrant investigation by them, and would be deemed sexual assault," he said.

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