Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) Press Release

RCNI calls on the Garda Commissioner to ensure a thorough review of all investigation processes relating to Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí 

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has called on the Garda Commissioner to conduct a thorough review of investigations into allegations of sexual violence committed by Irish College founder Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí, which may date as far back as 1955.

RCNI Executive Director Fiona Neary said; “Mr Ó Lubhlaí 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 Gardaí to investigate allegations against this very influential and powerful figure. We ask the Garda Commissioner to ensure a full review to ascertain if the Gardaí utilised the opportunity of the investigation in 1991 to examine whether abuse had taken place, as was practiced elsewhere in such incidents eg in the investigation and conviction of Fr Eugene Greene. 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 Ó Lubhlaí”.

‘It is vital that all allegations of sexual abuse are investigated fully by authorities in order to ensure the best response to survivors and to prevent future acts of sexual violence being committed by perpetrators’.

‘We commend the victims who came forward in 1998 and more recently. Support is available from Rape Crisis Centres across Ireland for survivors or their loved ones or communities who may be struggling with the impact of this case’.

To find your local Rape Crisis Centre see www.rcni.ie

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