In the interests of balance and also noting that the Times appears to
have an agenda on child sexual abuse, I now publish this article by
Conor Lally which can be found in the Irish Times 2016 Aug 13 Philip
Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’ 
It is largely about information that Gareth O’Callaghan, a respected
investigative journalist, has found out about the Philip Cairns case. He
has evidence to suggest Philip Cairn’s death was to do with influential
men in South Dublin child abuse ring.
Gareth has the address of a garden where he believes the body could
be. At present the Gardai are taking no action with respect to this
garden. He has a facebook page Gareth O’Callaghan  “Why don’t they just go and dig the garden?” asks O’Callaghan
Irish Times Philip Cairns: ‘A ring of people have protected this case’
Gareth O’Callaghan does not believe Eamon Cooke played part in boy’s disappearance
by Conor Lally
of RTÉ’s marquee names, Gareth O’Callaghan has been commended for his
bravery in recent years when speaking out about his depression.
public persona, agitating for justice for a boy who has been missing,
presumed murdered, for 30 years: Philip Cairns.
family around 10 years ago,” O’Callaghan says. “We shared the same great
grandad; that was obviously a long time ago. But that was never my main
reason for getting involved in the case.
heard that a young boy had gone missing. This was a phenomenally big
case in 1986.”
about Philip’s disappearance is, on the face of it, a little unusual,
even if the boy was a relation.
strong sense of social justice, has spoken out before on issues that
were of concern to him and that he felt required airing.
Ryan’s long-term cocaine use won him few plaudits, but he felt the issue
needed to be faced.
the former owner of pirate station Radio Dublin, was being identified as
Philip’s abuser and killer, O’Callaghan decided to put his head above
he has written a number of posts outlining his concern that a paedophile
ring – with well connected men among it – was linked to Philip’s
O’Callaghan says he has been contacted by a large number of people,
from Philip’s old school mates to people who say they were sexually
abused by men operating in a paedophile ring in south Dublin in the
1970s, 1980s and beyond.
and became even more interested when he learned they were part of the
same family network, O’Callaghan says his interest became a compulsion
to speak out in recent months.
Eamon Cooke; he was a dead paedophile,” he says. “I said to myself,
‘hang on now, it’s too easy to pin the blame on him and just leave it to
die’.” He says he appreciates the Garda believes the information
alleging Cooke was behind Philip’s disappearance was worth close
on this guy, I think they’re letting a lot of guys go free. This has
nothing to do with Eamon Cooke. I was beginning to get information from
people who knew I had worked for Radio Dublin with Eamon Cooke who were
saying, ‘it’s not him’, including one of his family. His daughter had
come to me and said, ‘it’s not my father, you do know that?’.
months. I moved on to another pirate radio station after that. I wasn’t
aware that he was abusing children; I was about 18 or 19 at the time and
all I wanted to do was be on the radio.”
shifty, dirty guy; creepy, always had a cigarette hanging out of his
mouth. He never washed. He looked despicable; you almost felt sad for
the guy. He had a bit of a violent temper, but he just kept to himself
and I kept to myself.”
in the media of late: that Cooke lured Philip back to the Radio Dublin
studio in Inchicore, Dublin to show him around and once there fatally
injured him and disposed of the body, probably in the Dublin Mountains.
at about 1.30pm, on Thursday, October 23rd, 1986, as he began his
journey on foot back to Coláiste Éanna after lunch.
back into the headlines in June when it emerged gardaí were being aided
by a witness who said she was present when Philip was in the Radio
then passed out. When she woke up, she was in a car with Cooke. Philip
was not there.
a child when Philip vanished, came forward and gave a statement to
gardaí earlier this year.
was serving a sentence for historical child sex abuse – and was in a
hospice in Raheny, north Dublin, dying of cancer.
said to have made a confession of sorts, though the import of any words
he may have uttered has not been revealed.
The witness also gave information about Philip’s schoolbag, which was
found in a laneway near his home six days after he disappeared. She
detailed how Cooke directed others to leave the bag there to confuse the
Garda inquiry. The bag was tested for Cooke’s DNA and no link found.
nothing to do with Eamon Cooke; let’s rule that out of the equation.
There’s no body as far as I am concerned buried in a field up the Dublin
he had Alzheimer’s and was medicated and close to death when gardaí
spoke to him.
person in that condition could contribute credibly to a historic Garda
in the public domain, O’Callaghan says it is impossible to see where
that line of inquiry would, or indeed could, lead.
contacted him believes a man he worked for for many years was linked to
Philip’s murder and has nominated the garden at that man’s home in south
Dublin as Philip’s burial place.
another man contacted him nominating the same suspect – who is now
deceased – as the possible killer of another long-term missing person.
The deceased man, whose garden O’Callaghan believes may contain
Philip’s remains, has been named as a member of a Dublin paedophile ring
by several people who have contacted the broadcaster and writer.
this case,” says O’Callaghan, saying that, while the surviving members
of the alleged ring are now into their 70s and 80s, they were still
as well as the information about the garden in south Dublin he believes
“should be searched” if only to rule it out.
information, saying it was being examined along with other lines of
inquiry and the excavation of any land would take place if there were
grounds for such a dig.
went to the Garda, some about Philip, others about the abuse they had
suffered and had a bad experience.
raped. They were told the information they were coming forward with was
not accurate, that it was not a good idea to be saying what they were
O’Callaghan. “This is information that is not being given the respect it
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
 2016 Cathy Fox Blog Index Timeline of Newspaper Articles on Cathy Fox Blog
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