Tuesday 21 February 2017

Willie Kealy: Pat Carey has had a week of 'rumour and innuendo'

Investigating sex abuse claims against an unnamed former minister could take months - let's not rush to judgement, says Willie Kealy

Published 15/11/2015 | 02:30

Pat Carey
Pat Carey

When Ken Foy, of the Herald, broke the story on Wednesday that the gardai had received a complaint from a woman alleging that she had been sexually abused as a child by someone who had been a government minister back in the 1990s, speculation went into overdrive.

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We were told the allegation referred to a period prior to this person holding government office and was supposed to have taken place in the context of their previous working life. But the person at the centre of the allegations was not named and there was nothing in the article to enable anyone to identify that person.

Nevertheless, Leinster House is a small place and it seems the guessing game began immediately. Indeed it seems that within a number of parties there was speculation that it might have been one of theirs.

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