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From yesterday’s Irish Independent

You may recall a post yesterday by Saoirse McGarrigle about the victims of paedophile Bill Kenneally – an accountant from a well-known Fianna Fáil family and basketball coach in Waterford – who want a Commission of Investigation.

They believe senior gardai, members of Fianna Fáil, members of the Catholic Church and staff at the South Eastern Health Board failed to act when told about the abuse.

Kenneally was convicted earlier this year, after victim Jason Clancy came forward in 2012, but Gardaí knew about the abuse as far back as 1985.

Kenneally’s uncle was the late TD Bill 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 current chairman of the board of management at Holy Cross National School in Tramore, Co Waterford – Monsignor John Shine –  and arranged counselling for Bill Kenneally.

Brendan Kenneally did not report the matter to the gardaí.

The article by Ms McGarrigle, a broadcast journalist with South East Radio, followed a piece in the Sunday Independent by Damien Tiernan, of RTE.

Further to this, the Irish Independent yesterday ran a story about Kenneally’s victims calling for a commission of investigation with a double byline containing the names Conor Feehan and Saoirse McGarrigle – even though the newspaper didn’t print the copy McGarrigle submitted.

In addition, the article included a picture of Brendan Kenneally with the caption:

“Brendan Kenneally is reportedly no longer a Fianna Fáil member.”

Further to this…

Last night, Ms McGarrigle tweeted:

Brendan Kenneally is still a member of Fianna Fáil – in fact he’s Hon Sec of the Thomas Clarke Cumann.

There you go now.

Saoirse McGarrigle can be followed on Twitter here

Previously: Protected For 30 Years

Pic: Gemma O’Doherty

UPDATE:

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Monsignor John Shine

In today’s Irish Mirror, Ms McGarrigle reports:

Victims of paedophile Bill Kenneally are calling for a parish priest to resign as chair of a primary school board of management.

Monsignor John Shine is an uncle of Bill Kenneally and heads up the Holy Cross National School in Tramore, Co Waterford.

…Holy Cross principal John Kindlon said he could not comment on the situation as he is directly employed by the board of management which is chaired by Monsignor Shine.

Contacted by this newspaper the priest refused to discuss the issue.

He added: “No I won’t talk to you. I’m having my lunch.”

Victims of paedophile Bill Kenneally call for a parish priest to resign as chair of a primary school board of management (Irish Mirror)

Pic: Holy Cross

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23 thoughts on “Ah Cumann

  1. The Real Jane

    The good old Thomas Clarke Cumann. Nice to know there are still organisations in this country prepared to stand up to SJWs and allow paedophile enablers to prosper.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      This is totally outrageous, why this man is not a member of Sinn Fein! Why are we even discussing this? Shocking altogether ;-)

  2. jambon

    Well done the Irish Independent for doing its part in supporting paedophiles and their enablers. A lovely publication.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Not so quick to dog pile Kenneally the way they did Dear Leader Adams, are they?

      I suppose it’s different when a paeodphile comes from a “good” family (“pillar of the community” and all that), rather than the ‘RA!

      1. Paddy

        Yep. And remember Micheal Martin hounding Gerry
        Adams about Liam Adams?
        I take it MM will deny any knowledge of this but
        Will he hound Kenneally in the same manner

        Sauce for the goose

    2. rotide

      The Indo ran the first article by the RTE guy, shining a light on the issue.

      How in gods name are they supporting paedophiles?

      Get your axe nice and sharp.

      1. jambon

        No axe to grind and if you are stupid enough to not see the blatant agenda-setting here. I’m not the person to illuminate that for your blind little eyes.

        1. rotide

          No axe to grind
          The Indo are immoral scum, everyone knows it.

          OK champ, that’s pretty clear then.

          I think I can probably do without your illumination.

  3. Starina

    sure that fella probably has friends and stuff, you couldn’t be ruining his life, sure he’s grand, like. don’t make a fuss.

    1. Cheech

      “It’s not my fault your Honour, it’s just the drink that does it to me y’know…”

      “Full pardon” *Gavel whack*

  4. Turgenev

    To be fair to him, the TD did what he thought was right in the 1980s, at a time when paedophilia was seen by most of society as a mental illness, rather than child rape. People then genuinely thought that someone “attracted to children” could be counselled and put right.
    But the secrecy and class clustering of Irish society has not changed at all, even if this incorrect interpretation of a rapist’s behaviour has ceased to be acceptable.

    1. The Real Jane

      Oh well, that’s OK then. So long as he thought it was excusable.

      Also, most people in the 1980s did not think paedophilia was just a mental illness.

    2. JC

      @Turgenev CLEARLY didnt read the article

      “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 current chairman of the board of management at Holy Cross National School in Tramore, Co Waterford – Monsignor John Shine – and arranged counselling for Bill Kenneally.”

      2002 just like the 1980’s but not, not at all.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        Incorrectly pointing out that Kenneally isn’t a loyal and true Soldier of Destiny is a pretty big editing decision.

        1. rotide

          I have no idea what you are saying.

          Maybe try and dial down the outrage and use your words, unencumbured by irony.

      2. Joxer

        @rotide the indo didnt print McGarrigles copy but yet they gave her a byline on this story that is not hers. so yeah there’s a bit of censoring going on there for sure and some sort of weird editorial decision to give her the credit.

        1. rotide

          They obviously based their article in part on her work and were good enough to give her the byline even if they didn’t use her exact copy.

          I fail to see how this is a bad thing

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