Former basketball coach Bill Kenneally
Survivors of abuse by former Waterford basketball coach Bill Kenneally met with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and they are now hopeful a Commission of Inquiry will begin in June or July.
At the meeting, they discussed the terms of reference for the upcoming commission.
Readers will recall how, in 2016, Kenneally was given a 14-year sentence for sexually abusing ten boys aged between 12 and 16 in Waterford between 1984 and 1987.
Five survivors – who’ve waived their anonymity – have been calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the handling of the case by State agencies, including the gardaí.
They have repeatedly claimed that certain gardai, the South Eastern Health Board, members of the Catholic Church, certain politicians and certain businessmen knew of the abuse and that it continued despite their knowledge of it.
They believe gardai were aware of Kenneally’s abuse as far back as 1979 but Kenneally continued being a basketball coach up until 2012 – when survivor Jason Clancy came forward.
In addition, the men revealed in February – at a press conference they held in Buswells Hotel – that it was their understanding that, in 1987, two victims of Kenneally were receiving counselling from a psychiatrist with the South Eastern Health Board while, at the same time, the men were still being abused by Kenneally.
Further to this…
RTÉ news has learned that files from the 1980s pertaining to Bill Kenneally have been located by the child support agency Tusla, even though two years ago Tusla said none could be found.