Opinion: Victims of abuse must be provided with help and support

The Irish News

March 24, 2018

Conor Murphy is the latest high profile figure to speak out following the revelations about Fr Malachy Finegan, the former head of St Colman’s College in Newry.

The Sinn Féin MLA has detailed the appalling physical abuse he suffered at the hands of the priest while a schoolboy at St Colman’s.

Mr Murphy told how he was dragged up two flights of stairs before being beaten with a stick on the hands and about the body.

Once this savage outburst was over, Finegan then switched to asking deeply personal and intimate questions of a sexual nature, a completely inappropriate interrogation that Mr Murphy now characterises as grooming.

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