Sunday 4 December 2016

Brave victim must not be forgotten

Published 25/05/2009 | 00:00

I would like to put on record that the pseudonym 'Noah Kitterick' employed by the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse refers to Mr Peter Tyrell.

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It should enter the public record that this brave man, who suffered abuse for six years at the hands of the Christian Brothers in Letterfrack, who was ignored by them when he confronted them about the abuses in 1953, who in 1958 wrote an 80,000-word account depicting in the most memorable and honest fashion the numerous violations and terror he suffered, should now suffer the ignominy of perpetual anonymity in the final report into the culture of abuse in these institutions.

The claims Peter Tyrell made to Senator Owen Sheehy Skeffington in the 1950s lay hidden for nearly half a century until they were discovered and published in 'Founded on Fear' (Irish Academic Press and Transworld Ireland) in 2006.

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