Architecture Of Containment


Bill Kenneally

You may recall a recent report by Saoirse McGarrigle in The Irish Mirror about how a member of Fianna Fáil claims the party held secret meetings to discuss how it could “contain” the story of Bill Kenneally and his abuse of young boys in Waterford.

Ms McGarrigle reported last week:

The whistleblower said that secret meetings began in 2013 when a criminal investigation began after a number of victims came forward.

“They met under the guise of discussing another problem, but they were actually there to discuss containing the story.”

Readers will recall how Kenneally was convicted and sentenced to 14 years last February, for abusing 10 boys in the 1980s, after victim Jason Clancy came forward. But certain Gardaí knew about the abuse as far back as 1985.

Readers will also recall how Kenneally’s uncle was the late Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kenneally, who died in 2009 and who was succeeded by his son Brendan Kenneally.

Brendan Kenneally was told about the abuse by a Waterford woman in 2002 but he didn’t tell gardai. Instead, he spoke to another uncle and local priest – and former chairman of the board of management at Holy Cross National School in Tramore, Co Waterford – Monsignor John Shine – and arranged counselling for Bill Kenneally.

Monsignor Shine died on Saturday, February 18.

Last month the then Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald appointed retired judge Barry Hickson to chair a Commission of Investigation into the matter.

Further to the report in The Irish Mirror, the survivors of abuse at the hands of Kenneally have this afternoon released the following statement via KRW Law:

“We are aware of the recent media reports that have expressly commented on the allegations of a whistleblower in relation to the abuse by Bill Kenneally, and the subsequent failure to investigate allegations.

We have conducted our own enquiries in respect of this whistleblower’s evidence and are satisfied that it raises real issues of concern, which will in due course, need to be fully investigated.

“We proposed to place all relevant evidence before the pending inquiry with a view to the issues raised becoming part of the live investigation.

“Such allegations are extremely serious and must be fully investigated so as to assuage both our clients’ concerns and those of the wide community.”

Abuse victims launch attack on Fianna Fail after secret meetings were held to ‘contain story’ of member abusing boys (Saoirse McGarrigle, The Irish Mirror)

9 thoughts on “Architecture Of Containment

  1. :-Joe

    The abuses relating to pedophilia, hebophilia, perversions, mental disorders is not even discussed properly in open forums in this country, let alone understood properly by the public or how it can be dealt with in any meaningful way.

    In the meantime, it goes on and on and on…

    Deeply disturbing….


  2. brother@memes

    I’ll admit I’m not ‘normal’.
    With pride.

    But I don’t think I’m alone in unassuming that if the best photo you can get of a man is of him driving away…

    …sorry. It’s gone out of me head now…

    1. brother@memes

      * spellcheker checker.
      The ‘UN’ in ‘unassuming’ was unwarranted.
      I promise to NEVER agree with BT again, even if I become an accident, like he is…

  3. Brother Barnabas

    FF were all over SF about similar not so long ago, doing their best to make capital out of it.

    Every one of them – FF, FG, SF, Labour – swimming in the same sh1t. All scum.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        I don’t really know. Strike me as naive incompetents rather than corrupt, dishonest fraudsters.

    1. classter

      Why is it that for so many ‘un-aligned’ Irish people, that they can never just criticise FF?

      It seems de rigeur to say ‘every one of them’ when commenting on FF wrongdoing.

  4. postmanpat

    Son of a politician allowed to rape children and is protected by daddy and corrupt police? It sounds like Frank Millers Sin City except for real. Who needs politicians and police anyway? Don’t we now have the technology to cut back on these self serving gangsters and badge wearing thugs?

  5. classter

    Seriously, how f***ing stupid (at best) was this

    This is 2002, 2013 sort of time we are talking about.

    Having seen what had happened with the Church, with schools, with swimming coaches, etc. how could they possibly think that a cover up was the smart route forward?

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