Fitzpatrick outlines concerns of Dundalk people over abuse claims

Fitzpatrick outlines concerns of Dundalk people over abuse claims
Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick said in the Dail last week, during the debate on alleged abuse by republicans, that he had been inundated with calls from constituents seeking answers about allegations that IRA abusers had been ‘relocated’ to Louth.

Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick said in the Dail last week, during the debate on alleged abuse by republicans, that he had been inundated with calls from constituents seeking answers about allegations that IRA abusers had been ‘relocated’ to Louth.

“Over the past number of weeks there has been widespread speculation that suspected child sex abusers were expelled out of Northern Ireland by Sinn Féin/IRA and relocated to other areas including Co. Louth,” Deputy Fitzpatrick said.

“I have been inundated with phone calls, emails and calls to my office in Dundalk about this issue. People are worried and they are afraid that they are living next door to suspected child abusers and they, understandably, want answers.”

Deputy Fitzpatrick called on Gerry Adams to hand over any information he may have on the matter to the Gardai.

“ Deputy Adams, who knows the ‘decent’ men of the republican movement well, he must have some information that would prove useful to the authorities in investigating these crimes.

“The names of these people need to be reported and their present whereabouts confirmed. At the moment, suspected abusers are living among communities who have no idea of the dangers they may be exposed to and these crimes must be investigated.

“Dundalk is a highly populated, busy town. Thousands of people are living in estates and along busy roads. The lucky ones among us know our neighbours but realistically the majority of people do not, or they do not initially when they move to an area.

“These people are contacting me asking, could I be living beside a sexual abuser.

“Should I allow my children out on the green to play? “Is it safe?

Deputy Fitzpatrick then went on to pose a series of questions for Deputy Adams in relation to the allegations that abusers were moved to the Republic of Ireland by the IRA.

“I ask Deputy Adams: Do you know of any suspected sexual abusers who were moved from Northern Ireland to counties in the Republic?

·Are any of these suspected abusers living and working in Dundalk?

·If you do not have information yourself, as you have claimed in the past, do you know who may?

·Can you assist the Gardaí and the PSNI by directing them towards some of the ‘decent republicans’ you know so well who may be able to provide information?

·Can you categorically assure the people of Louth that there are not suspected abuser living among us?

·And can you assure us that if you did have information, that you, yourself would make this information available, even if it related to someone you know well or are close to?

·Can we be confident that you will not treat any information that you may have in the same way as you treated the information you had about your brother, an attitude of say nothing until you hear more?” who may be able to provide information?

·Can you categorically assure the people of Louth that there are not suspected abuser living among us?

·And can you assure us that if you did have information, that you, yourself would make this information available, even if it related to someone you know well or are close to?

·Can we be confident that you will not treat any information that you may have in the same way as you treated the information you had about your brother, an attitude of say nothing until you hear more?”