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Details were revealed of a document sent to members of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICCH) which details four serious allegations of abuse made against the former CEO and Dublin City Councillor, Anthony Flynn (above), who died in August.
Written by David Hall, the former chairman of the charity, the document outlines a series of allegations of sexual abuse that were being investigated by Gardaí earlier this year.
The first two incidents occurred in May.
“One involved a 21-year-old male (classified by Gardai as extremely vulnerable) in May 2021 being brought by taxi at 2.30am to the CEO’s home where [he] stayed the night,” the report says.
“[He] presented to an adult emergency department the following day and was transferred to the sexual assault unit. [He] made an allegation to the Gardai when [he] arrived at the Sexual Assault Unit. The Gardaí believed the ICHH taxi account was used.”
Less than two weeks later, a separate alleged incident of a similar nature involving a different man was also reported to Gardaí.
“13 days later a party related to an ICHH Client was collected by taxi and brought to the CEO’s home. That night or the next morning an allegation was made to Gardai of sexual assault.”
A third alleged victim reported to the charity on August 26th that he had been sexually assaulted by Mr Flynn, though a date for the alleged attack is not given.
The man, who was homeless, had been “accommodated by the CEO in accommodation provided by ICHH,” the report states.
“While being accommodated by ICHH the CEO sent texts asking this person for sex. It was alleged the CEO sexually assaulted this person,” the report states. It was also alleged Mr Flynn “transferred a specific amount of money to this person to buy cocaine,” it said.
The document, which was obtained by Prime Time, also states that Gardaí told Mr Hall that its investigation went further again.
“Gardai indicated they had met with some men, who were known to Gardai, where taxis had collected them and Gardai were working through 97 taxi journeys. These journeys had been paid for by the charity.”
A total of four alleged survivors are referenced in the report.
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It’s been quite the education recently to see some of Irish Twitter’s most righteous folks, all of whom tweeted #ibelieveher, suddenly decide there are two sides to abuse allegations when the alleged rapist is one of their own and the alleged victims are only homeless men. #rtept
— Donal O’Keeffe (@Donal_OKeeffe) September 23, 2021
In April this year Anthony Flynn spoke to me about a report he was launching on life in the homeless sector, and how a number of clients complained about being sexually abused in the system. The following month, he was a accused of sexually abusing clients in the system. https://t.co/gNtbm5NKfT
— Alison O’Reilly (@o_wireless) September 24, 2021