Monday 16 September 2019

Ex-pupils sue over alleged assaults

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Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A prestigious secondary school is being sued by former pupils over alleged indecent assaults by a teacher.

Two legal actions have been initiated in the High Court against the former teacher and the school's board of management.

The religious order that runs the school has also been named as a defendant in both of the actions.

The well-known school at the centre of the case is located in Dublin and has many famous alumni, but cannot be named at present for legal reasons.

Papers outlining the complaints against each of the defendants have yet to be filed in court.

A solicitor's firm representing the two complainants did not return a call seeking comment.

However, it is known the former pupils, both now adults, allege they were assaulted by the teacher.

It is expected to be some time before the two matters go to trial.

The Irish Independent understands the civil actions relate to alleged incidents said to have happened several decades ago.

The teacher is now retired and has not taught children for some time.

He worked in a number of different academic institutions during his career.

Further civil actions could be lodged by other former pupils in the coming months.

Several former pupils of the school have made similar allegations about the former teacher. These have been the subject of Garda investigations.

They relate to alleged assaults at locations in the grounds of the school.

The complaints are understood to span almost two decades.

Irish Independent

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