Sr Stan: no recollection of abuse claim

SIMON BROUDER

KERRY born campaigner for the homeless Sr Stanislaus Kennedy has confirmed she is the nun given the pseudonym Sr Wilma in the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report but she has insisted she did not know about child abuse at a Kilkenny industrial school.

The commission's report contains a claim by a voluntary worker who told the commission that he had reported incidents of sexual abuse to Sr Stanislaus.

During their investigations the commission investigated reports of abuse at St Joseph's Industrial School, Kilkenny and found that the school employed "two dangerous sexual abusers" during the 1970s.

The Sisters of Charity nun, who is originally from Lispole and went on to found Focus Ireland, lived in the convent in the grounds of the school in the 1970s when she worked in the community and ran a childcare course.

According to the commission report, a voluntary worker identified only by the pseudonym 'Patrick McGovern' said he had been told that a boy was being molested in the industrial school, in or about 1974.

He claimed he called to the convent one night to tell someone and was "relieved" when 'Sr Wilma' came to the door because he knew her.

'Mr McGovern' told the commission that when he made the claim, Sr Wilma told him there was a history of boys and girls making up stories to gain attention.

In statements to the media and the commission Sr Stanislaus has said she had no recollection of the incident referred to in the report and was entirely unaware of any physical or sexual abuse taking place at the school.

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