‘After disappointment of Pope’s visit, I want Taoiseach to let me name my abuser,’ says survivor

Irish Independent

August 29, 2018

By Shona Murray

An industrial school abuse survivor is calling on the Government to release victims from the non-disclosure agreement set up in relation to the Ryan Commission.

Michael O’Brien was brutally raped during the eight years he spent in St Joseph’s Industrial School, Ferryhouse, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

Mr O’Brien said he was disappointed following the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland and would now write to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and request he be allowed to disclose the main predator who raped him at St Joseph’s.

He also wishes to reveal how much he received in compensation following his testimony – which is also included in the non-disclosure clause.

Mr O’Brien said the pontiff did not go far enough in remedying the Church’s role in abuse and cover-up during his visit last weekend.

He told the Irish Independent: “I was disappointed but not surprised by Pope Francis’s visit this weekend.

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