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Monday 26 February 2018

Parents call for re-investigation of Ferry associate

Greg Harkin

AN associate of child abuser Michael Ferry has twice been the subject of child sex abuse allegations, the Irish Independent has learned.

Ferry (55), a school caretaker, was jailed for 14 years this week for the rape of four boys.

But gardai in Co Donegal are investigating claims that he was involved in a child sex ring with up to four others.

The Irish Independent has learned that one associate was at the centre of serious child sex abuse allegations in Dublin in the 1990s.

Parents have confirmed that six boys made the allegations against the man.

A file on the allegations was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but the case was not taken further.

A couple of years later, two more boys made similar allegations against the man, but again the case was not prosecuted.

It is understood that relatives of some of them made a formal complaint to a Dublin garda station yesterday afternoon, asking for the case to be re-opened.

They also asked that gardai in Co Donegal who investigated the Ferry case would be told of the other allegations.

A relative of one of the boys involved said they were "badly affected" by what had happened to them and the parents felt let down by the DPP.

"I want to make it clear that these boys were abused but they never got justice," said the relative, who asked not to be named.

"I also want to say that one of the Donegal victims of Michael Ferry -- Derek Mulligan -- is a hero in our minds. We now want to see justice for our boys over what happened to them," the relative added.

"Justice Minister Alan Shatter must initiate an urgent inquiry."

The Ferry case has caused huge controversy in recent days, partly because an Irish language college, Colaiste Cholmchille, continued to allow him to do odd jobs at one of its buildings, Ard Scoil Mhuire in Gweedore, after he was convicted in 2002 of child sex abuse.

He subsequently went on to abuse at least four other boys at the premises.

Yesterday, Ferry's first victim told the Irish Independent that he made a statement in 2001 implicating a second man, but that charges in that case were not proceeded with.

He said he was 14 or 15 years old when the man exposed himself to him.

The victim said that when he asked gardai why charges were not brought for indecent exposure, he was told there wasn't enough evidence to proceed with a charge.

The Irish Independent understands this man is now a suspect in a wide-ranging garda inquiry into the child-sex ring in the Gweedore and surrounding areas.

Irish Independent

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