Primary school teacher Patrick Harte was sentenced to three years this afternoon for the abuse of seven primary school boys at Synge Street between September 1968 and September 1970; The school’s crest with motto ‘Viriliter Age’ (Act Manfully)
“It’s 52 years… I didn’t think we could ever get justice, and it shows that no matter how long ago it was, that there is justice” – Fr Tony Conlon, one of the pupils abused by retired primary teacher Patrick Harte, urges survivors to come forward| More: https://t.co/qO3hEoXYRh pic.twitter.com/4Ppbxb6L54
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 10, 2020
The men who were abused in the 1960’s and 70’s by Harte said they have finally been believed and have won their fight for justice.
An emotional Fr Tony Conlon, now a catholic priest, said afterwards they had fought for seven years and thanked the gardaí, the DPP, the prosecution services, and One in Four who had helped them over the years.
Harte repeatedly and continuously indecently assaulted his pupils in the Christian Brothers school in Synge Street amidst an atmosphere of severe corporal punishment, physical and verbal abuse, violence and terror.
He regularly beat the children with “the leather”, and once smashed a child’s head against a wall.
Harte found reasons to call the boys up to his desk, sometimes for praise and other times for correction of minor misbehaviours.
He would warn the rest of the class to look at their books and not raise their heads before he indecently assaulted the children…..