Several men who had been abused by Waterford basketball coach Bill Kenneally held a press conference in the Buswells Hotel on Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
Kenneally was given a 14-year sentence in 2016, for sexually abusing ten boys aged between 12 and 16 in Waterford between 1984 and 1987.
During the press conference in February, abuse survivors Colin Power and Jason Clancy said they believed gardai were aware of Kenneally’s abuse as far back as 1979.
The survivors’ claims of a cover-up of the abuse by gardai, members of Fianna Fáil, the HSE and Catholic Church are to be examined by a Commission of Investigation overseen by retired Circuit Court Judge Barry Hickson from next month.
Further to this…
This morning, Saoirse McGarrigle, in the Irish Mirror, reports:
The Child and Family Agency has refused to identify paedophile Bill Kenneally in the medical notes of a boy targeted by him…
Kevin Keating asked to see the 1987 file in which he detailed being lured to the pervert’s home, tied up and threatened if he told anyone about the abuse.
Tusla sent it to him – but the sadist’s name was blanked out despite the fact he was jailed for 14 years in 2016 – 29 years after Kevin first named him to a doctor. Mr Keating and other victims of the former basketball coach claim it proves health bosses knew of the abuse in the 1980s.
The Waterford man said: “The medical notes confirm I told her [the doctor] about the abuse. But there are parts of the papers blacked out. Bill Kenneally’s name has been hidden.
“But that should not be redacted. We know it’s his name there and this shows the HSE knew I and others were being abused by him at that time.”
In a medical report dated 1989 a paediatrician wrote:
“Kevin was seen by me on several occasions between 22/10/87 and the summer of 1988.
“Kevin was a 14-year-old boy who was alleging sexual abuse by ______.
“One episode which occurred on the Halloween of ’86 when he was brought into a house and tied up.
“He was also making allegations other boys had been approached by the same person.
“There is a question of money changing hands in some of these cases.”