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Domhnaill O Lubhlai: claims made that he abused boys

Domhnaill O Lubhlai: claims made that he abused boys

Domhnaill O Lubhlai: claims made that he abused boys

A garda unit has been ordered to take a fresh look at allegations of sexual abuse against an Irish college founder stretching back over five decades.

Domhnaill O Lubhlai died last month without facing any criminal prosecution over complaints that he had abused boys.

Claims have now been made that the gardai were given two opportunities in 1991 and 1998 to inquire into the allegations, which date from 1955 to the present, but no investigation was undertaken.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said yesterday that having read reports in the media at the weekend he had decided to ask the force's domestic violence and sexual assault unit to have another look at the case and determine if there were outstanding issues that needed to be addressed.

While new policies have been put in place in the meantime, lessons could always be learned from a review of procedures adopted in the past, he said.

The review would also look into claims made by the Rape Crisis Network that the gardai did not pursue the opportunities presented to them previously to investigate.

Mr Callinan said it would not be helpful to comment on specific issues until the unit had carried out its task.

Mr O Lubhlai set up Colaiste na bhFiann language school in Rosmuc, Co Galway, and also taught in Colaiste Chillian in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Last night Minister of State John Perry told the Dail that the HSE would also be reviewing any contact made with the Government over the issue.

Concerns

Mr Perry also understood that the Department of Education "is reviewing its records to establish if child protection concerns were raised with the department".

Meanwhile, Mr Callinan, who was attending the annual conference of the Association of Garda Superintendents in Naas, Co Kildare, also said inquiries would be made by gardai into the contents of tapes of a conversation between Independent TD and former government minister Michael Lowry and land agent Kevin Phelan about an allegedly undeclared payment of €250,000.

Irish Independent