Last week, the Taoiseach confirmed that there will be an inquiry into allegations of abuse by members of the Spiritans order, in Blackrock College.
The announcement has come in the wake of allegations of abuse of children that attended Blackrock college dating back to the 1970s. These allegations were first made in a documentary aired on 6th November 2022 on RTE Radio 1.
A member of the survivors’ group from Blackrock College and Willow Park, told The Irish Examiner that around 21% of the Leaving Cert class of 1979 came forward to a Facebook group to report they’d been abused.
It has been reported in The Journal, among other publications, that 233 people made allegations of abuse against 77 Irish Spiritans in ministries throughout Ireland and abroad. 57 people alleged they were abused on the Blackrock College campus.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that the government will engage with victims to determine what the planned inquiry will look like. He did not state yet, whether any inquiry will be limited to Blackrock College and the Spiratans.
- Doc on One, RTE Radio 1, 6th November, 2022.
- The Irish Examiner, 16th November, 2022.
- The Journal, 19th November, 2022.
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