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Second man quizzed over Fiona attacks

GARDAI have arrested a second man in relation to alleged rape attacks on Fiona Doyle, the woman whose father is behind bars for raping and abusing her as a child.

They are investigating claims that the alleged rapes took place in the man's home when Ms Doyle's father, Patrick O'Brien, would drive her there over a five-year period from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

It is understood she went to gardai last year after her paedophile father was successfully prosecuted and made fresh allegations of rape by a second man.

O'Brien, of Old Court Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to 16 charges of the rape and indecent assault of his daughter at Mackintosh Park, Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire, from 1973 to 1982. He was sentenced to 12 years last January, with the final nine suspended after he admitted raping his daughter for 10 years.


Now, a year after he was jailed, Ms Doyle has told the Herald: "At first I was elated because I had proved I wasn't a liar, but then I soon realised that despite the fact he was jailed my own life would not change.

"Every time I pass Deansgrange cemetery, or beaches like Brittas, I get flashbacks of the abuse. It never leaves you, there is no closure."

She also told how she has to pay for her own counselling herself.

The DPP has appealed what it says is the undue leniency of the sentence handed down to O'Brien, and Ms Doyle is waiting to hear if a date will be set for that hearing.

"The reality is that my father might well be released before the appeal happens. I'm hoping the appeal will happen while he's still in prison," she said.

The man arrested yesterday was later released, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.