CHARITY Boss Finlay Was Abused by Religious Brothers

By Alan O'Keeffe
May 3, 2012

Fergus Finlay

BARNADO'S chief executive Fergus Finlay was sexually and physically abused by two religious brothers when he was a boy. But his father took action.

Finlay (62) spoke publicly about the abuse for the first time to reject the notion that no-one understood what sex abuse was in the 1960s or 1970s or later.

"I knew what it was, I knew it was abuse. I told my father about it, he knew it was abuse, he knew exactly what action needed to be taken," he said. "As far as I know, the action taken ensured no other child was abused by the same person."

He rejected excuses from Cardinal Sean Brady who claimed that, as a 35-year-old priest who interviewed a boy in 1975 about abuse complaints, his role then was just to pass on his interview notes and report to his bishop.









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