CATHY FOX Ex Irish MP, Patrick Sarsfield Donegan unmasked as Child Sexual Abuser

Ex Irish MP, Patrick Sarsfield Donegan unmasked as Child Sexual Abuser

At the turn of the millenium in Eire, there was a case of child
sexual abuse by a member of Parliament that had uncanny parallels two
decades later with the Greville Janner case in England.

He has been identified in 2015 through detective work by Shame of Ireland. Their webpage is here [9] and twitter @ShameOfIreland [10]
They unmasked him by following clues in newspaper articles in which he
was not named, but various details were described. This can be read on
their post and comments here [2a].

Their work leaves no doubt that the child abuser was Patrick
Sarsfield Donegan, but this is perhaps the first time he has been named.
He was a TD, but is now dead. [A Teachta Dála (TD) is a member of Dáil
Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas, the Irish Parliament,
equivalent to an MP.]

The corporate media have not
followed up this good detective work, reluctant  it seems to expose the
crimes of the supposed democratic representatives of the people. This is
one reason for the continuing demise of these papers. Maybe one
newspaper will step forward, expose the ex TD for the sake of truth and
the victims, and credit Shame of Ireland for their work. If not it is up
to peoples social media to spread the truth. Please start blogging and /
or spreading the truth. Each individual counts.

Patrick Sarsfield Donegan

  • Not charged until 40 years after offending
  • Committed many offences
  • TD (Irish MP)
  • Eventually Director of Public Prosecutions recommended prosecution
  • Evaded prosecution on grounds of ill health, some thought it was illness of convenience
  • Died not long afterwards
  • Never faced trial

All of the above are similar to Greville Janner in England.

Donegan was accused of 70 sex attacks on 5 schoolchildren dating back
to the 1950’s. One woman said the abuse started when she was just
six-years-old and lasted for eight years. Her accusations were supported
by four other women who all said the former politician abused them as
young girls. The five women came forward to Gardai in 1997. [2a] At least some of the  attacks were meant to have happened in a school [6], and one child states that she told a nun of the attacks [2a]

The Director of Public Prosecutions decided to go ahead with the prosecution [6]

Donegan got High Court permission in 1998 to challenge proceedings,
claiming it was unfair to continue the proceedings having regard to
delay in making complaints, his age, the availability of witnesses and
material evidence, the generalised nature of the allegations and
previous adverse media publicity.

In Mar 2000 Donegan went to High Court seeking an order restraining
the DPP from further proceeding with the criminal prosecution. However
the proceedings were struck out, as there was no determination to be
made as the trial could not proceed due to his age and deteriorating
mental condition. The DPP formally withdrew its prosecution 2 months
later [6].

This denied his victims justice in the justice system but does not stop the truth.

Hopefully others will come forward with their stories. It is unlikely
this abuse stopped at 5 victims. Shame of Ireland webpage is here [9] and twitter @ShameOfIreland [10]

Timeline

1923 Oct 29 Patrick Sarsfield “Paddy” Donegan born [1]

Educated at Christian Brothers school Drogheda, County Leith [1]

c.1942 [3] Vincentian Castleknock College, County Dublin [1]

1950’s Donegan abused children probably girls, in school [6] probably with nuns, near borders 5 girsl and 70 offences. One girl claimed she was abused from ages 6 to 14 [2a]

1954 Elected for first time as Fine Gael TD (Member of Parliament equivalent) [1]

1973 Minister of Defence [1]

1973 Ordered building of ship Asgelard II [4]

1976 Minister for Lands [1]

1981 Retired [1]

1997 Garda investigation. 5 women reported abuse [2a]

1997 File sent to DPP [6]

1998 Donegan received High Court permission to challenge proceedings,
claiming it was unfair to continue the proceedings having regard to
delay in making complaints, his age, the availability of witnesses and
material evidence, the generalised nature of the allegations and
previous adverse media publicity [6]

2000 Mar 30 High Court Mr Justice Kelly. A former politician, who was
seeking an order restraining the DPP from further proceeding with the
criminal prosecution. The DPP is not to proceed with the prosecution of a
former senior politician on 70 charges of indecent assault of five
children following expert medical advice that the man is unfit to stand
trial due to his age and illness [6]

2000 Mar 31 Irish Times [6] Former politician `not fit to stand trial’ on child abuse charges

The DPP is not to proceed with the prosecution of a former senior
politician on 70 charges of indecent assault of five children following
expert medical advice that the man is unfit to stand trial due to his
age and illness, the High Court was told yesterday.

Mr Justice Kelly struck out proceedings brought by the former
politician, who was seeking an order restraining the DPP from further
proceeding with the criminal prosecution, which was due to be heard in
the Circuit Criminal Court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in national politics for more than two decades, ail and Seanad.

Five persons made allegations of indecent assault against him. The
complainants are understood to be adults who claimed they were abused by
the man when they were children. Some of the allegations date back more
than 30 years and are alleged to have occurred in a school.

2000 May 23 Cavan Circuit Criminal Court [7] The State withdrew the charges

2000 May 24 Irish Times [7] Sexual assault charges withdrawn

2000 May 24 Mirror [2a]  [2] Ex Politician Unfit for Trial; Child sex abuse case is dropped
SEVENTY child sex charges were dropped because the State decided he was
unfit to stand trial. The accused’s barrister Paddy McAntee revealed
the DPP had agreed to drop the case based on the individual’s
“deteriorating mental condition”.  A victim said “I see this man out and
about regularly, he is no more senile than I am.  “All I wanted was a
chance to face him in court and tell him what he had done to me.”

2000 Nov 26 Donegan Died [1]

2015 Apr Donegan unmasked by Shame of Ireland [2a]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

As there are not many links, I have included most of the revelant information under each one

[1] Accessed Aug 2016 Wikipedia Patrick Sarsfield “Paddy” Donegan https://t.co/o6X5GB1XTT

Patrick Sarsfield “Paddy” Donegan (29 October 1923 – 26 November 2000) was an Irish Fine Gael politician.[1]

He was educated at a Christian Brothers School in Drogheda, County
Louth and at the Vincentian Castleknock College, County Dublin. Donegan
was first elected as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth
constituency at the 1954 general election.[2]
He lost his seat at the 1957 general election but was elected to Seanad
Éireann by the Agricultural Panel. He regain his Dáil seat at the 1961
general election. In the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition government
which took power after the 1973 general election Donegan was appointed
as Minister for Defence.

In October 1976 Donegan made a controversial speech on an official
visit to the opening of new kitchen facilities in an army barracks at
Mullingar. He described as a “thundering disgrace” President Cearbhall Ó
Dálaigh’s refusal to sign the Emergency Powers Act, 1976, instead using
his powers under Article 26 of the Constitution to refer it to the
Supreme Court.[3] The
Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, refused Donegan’s resignation, and instead Ó
Dálaigh resigned as President of Ireland. The whole episode badly
damaged the government’s reputation.

In 1976 Donegan became Minister for Lands, and in 1977 he served
briefly as Minister for Fisheries. Donegan retired from politics at the
1981 general election, and died in 2000. He was buried in his home town
of Monasterboice.

References

[1] “Mr. Patrick S. Donegan”. Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

[2] “Patrick S. Donegan”. ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

[3] “Politicians pay tribute to Paddy Donegan”. RTÉ News. 26 November 2000.]

[2] 2000 May 24 Mirror EX-POLITICIAN UNFIT FOR TRIAL; Child sex abuse case is dropped via Free Library http://ift.tt/2aRJM7I

[2a] As above [2] via Shame of Ireland Rob Northall https://t.co/5O9q7kJtmf Clues marked in bold.

SEVENTY child sex charges against a former senior politician were
dropped yesterday because the State decided he was unfit to stand trial.

The offences were formally dropped two months after the High Court ruling based on his age and ill health.

Yesterday, the accused’s barrister Paddy McAntee revealed the DPP had
agreed to drop the case based on the individual’s “deteriorating mental
condition”.

The decision to rule out a trial two months ago was slammed at the
time by one of the man’s alleged victims. The now middle-aged woman
described the decision as a “Pinochet-style” let-off. She told the Irish
Mirror: “This is very distressing. “I see this man out and about
regularly, he is no more senile than I am. “All I wanted was a chance to
face him in court and tell him what he had done to me.”

The woman claims she suffered years of trauma since the abuse which
she said started when she was just six-years-old and lasted for eight
years. Her accusations were supported by four other women who all said
the former politician abused them as young girls.

The woman revealed that she had considered taking a civil action
against the former public figure, but could not afford to do so. She
said: “I do not have the money to go to court myself. “This was not
about money for me or the other women who came forward. “I only wanted
to have my day in court.”

The man had been accused of 70 sex attacks on five schoolchildren in the border area. He was charged after a Garda investigation into the abuse allegations, some of which date back 50 years. The allegations were surrounded by a wall of secrecy for more than 40 years until five women came forward to Gardai in 1997.

The alleged victim said: “I tried to tell people at the time, but no
one wanted to know. “I told a nun and I eventually told my mother, but
it was a different time and people could not imagine that such a
well-respected man, a politician, could do such a thing. “He used to
give me sweets after the abuse, which was the most serious type of
abuse, and warn me not to tell my parents about what happened.”

A file was forwarded to the DPP who decided to take a prosecution
against the man. The accused then lodged a legal appeal with the High
Court in a bid to block the criminal proceedings against him.

His lawyers claimed it would be unfair to place him on trial because
of his age, the availability of evidence and witnesses and adverse
publicity in the media. However, an affidavit on behalf of the DPP
yesterday stated that the prosecution would not be proceeding in the
light of a psychologist’s report into the man’s mental condition.

[3] Accessed Aug 2016 Castleknock College Union Requiescat in Pace http://ift.tt/2bob6hA

[4] Afloat http://ift.tt/2aRJDRL;
Unfortunately for the respectability of the maritime movement in
Ireland, our supporters in the higher echelons of politics have often
tended to be from the colourful end of the political spectrum, whatever
about their placing in the left-right continuum. Thus it was that, at
mid-morning on St Patrick’s Day 1973, I got an ebullient phone call and
an immediate announcement, without the caller saying who he was.
“Winkie” he bellowed, “That ship is going to be built. I’ll make sure of
it. I’ve just made a ministerial decision”. It emerged that it was our
very own new Minister for Defence, Patrick Sarsfield Donegan TD.

[6] 2000 Mar 31 Irish Times Former politician `not fit to stand trial’ on child abuse charges http://ift.tt/2aRJGN5

The DPP is not to proceed with the prosecution of a former senior politician
on 70 charges of indecent assault of five children following expert
medical advice that the man is unfit to stand trial due to his age and
illness, the High Court was told yesterday.

Mr Justice Kelly struck out proceedings brought by the former
politician, who was seeking an order restraining the DPP from further
proceeding with the criminal prosecution, which was due to be heard in
the Circuit Criminal Court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in national politics for more than two decades. ail and Seanad.

Five persons made allegations of indecent assault against him. The
complainants are understood to be adults who claimed they were abused by
the man when they were children. Some of the allegations date back more than 30 years and are alleged to have occurred in a school.

A file had been sent to the DPP three years ago and he had decided
that the elderly man should be prosecuted. He faced 70 charges of child
sexual abuse.

The former politician got High Court permission two years ago to
challenge the intended criminal proceedings, claiming it was unfair to
continue the proceedings having regard to delay in making complaints,
his age, the availability of witnesses and material evidence, the
generalised nature of the allegations and previous adverse media publicity.

Yesterday Mr Patrick MacEntee SC, for the man, told Mr Justice Kelly
the State had accepted there was no issue to be determined. Expert
advice was that the man was not fit to face trial through age and
illness, and in those circumstances the DPP had agreed to enter a nolle
prose-qui in the Circuit Criminal Court.

An affidavit on behalf of the DPP stated that, in the light of a
psychologist’s report, the DPP had decided the former politician was not
in a position to stand trial due to his deteriorating mental condition.
The prosecution would not be pursued.

[7] 2000 May 24 Irish Times Sexual assault charges withdrawn http://ift.tt/2bob0Xs

The State yesterday withdrew 70 charges of sexual assault against a
former politician. The High Court was told in March that the DPP would
not be proceeding with the prosecution following medical advice that the
man was unfit to stand trial because of his age and illness. At Cavan
Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, the State withdrew the charges.

[8] House of the Oireachtas Dáil Éireann Members’ Directory http://ift.tt/2boa0T2

[9] Shame of Ireland Webpage http://ift.tt/2boazfS

[10] Shame of Ireland twitter @ShameOfIreland

[11] For more details of how Patrick Donegan was unmasked see articles, information and databases in the comments [2a]

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://ift.tt/1NVXFjx

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