Sunday 18 February 2018

Outrage as report on notorious paedophile kept secret

Greg Harkin

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter is under fire from the victims of a notorious paedophile, demanding he publish a report on how their abuser continued to work at a school despite a previous conviction.

His cabinet colleague, Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald, today emphatically denied an earlier report in today’s Irish Independent and on that she ordered that a separate investigation by the HSE into the scandal will remain secret. We are happy to clarify this matter.

The separate garda and health authority inquiries were launched in July 2011 after school caretaker Michael Ferry (58) was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to abusing four boys.

Some of the victims were abused after Ferry was convicted of similar offences involving another victim in 2002.

The garda and HSE investigations were tasked with finding out how Ferry was able to continue to work as a caretaker at Colaiste Cholmcille despite sexual assault convictions and his placement on the Sex Offenders’ Register.


The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has confirmed to the Irish Independent that no charges will be brought against any of the directors of Colaiste Cholmcille.

They had insisted that Ferry had been supervised while working at the Ardscoil Mhuire building, a former secondary school which they owned, and strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Shatter’s spokesman said last night: “As the matters which were the subject of the reports sought by the minister from the garda authorities subsequently gave rise to criminal investigations there are no plans to publish those reports.”

Victim Derek Mulligan said the refusal to publish reports into the affair had made him physically sick.

“This has brought everything that happened back to me again,” he told the Irish Independent last night.

“Mr Shatter promised us he would investigate the case and now we don’t know what the results of those investigations were.

Irish Independent

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