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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Group demands O Lubhlai abuse probe

Abuse campaigners have called on Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to order a review of allegations against Domhnall O Lubhlai
Abuse campaigners have called on Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to order a review of allegations against Domhnall O Lubhlai

Abuse campaigners have called on Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to order a review of allegations against an Irish college founder dating back more than five decades.

Domhnall O Lubhlai, dubbed in some media as the Irish Jimmy Savile, died last month without being prosecuted for attacking boys.

The teacher set up Colaiste na bhFiann language school in Rosmuc, Co Galway, and also taught in Colaiste Chilliain in Clondalkin.

Fiona Neary, Rape Crisis Network Ireland executive director, said gardai should review all their files in relation to O Lubhlai.

"Mr O Lubhlai has allegations against him that date from 1955 up to the present day. It appears that at least two opportunities in 1991 and 1998 were presented to the gardai to investigate allegations against this very influential and powerful figure," she said.

Nicknamed Donal Lovely, the teacher will feature in a TG4 documentary in which investigators allege that he admitted abusing boys to gardai.

The programme claims that he gave youngsters alcohol and attacked them in bed after telling them there was nowhere else to sleep during trips to language schools in the Gaeltacht.

O Lubhlai also broadcasted on RTE.

Ms Neary said: "Questions also surround the loss of vital evidence from this 1991 case which then impacted on an investigation in 1998, when five men came forward and reported sexual violence by O Lubhlai."

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