A former Garda Detective has called the Raphoe Report “a whitewash and an insult to victims”.
The Report, released today, found that there were 52 complaints made against 14 priests between 1975 and 2010.
Martin Ridge investigated and brought to justice Fr Eugene Greene, a native of Annagry, who was jailed for 12 years in 2000 after pleading guilty to 41 charges of sexual assault against 26 boys in west Donegal parishes between 1965 and 1982. He had originally faces 100 charges.
Martin Ridge, who wrote a best-selling book about the case, called Breaking the Silence, today reacted to the report and Bishop Boyce’s statement.
“I think this is basically a total whitewash and I think it is a total insult to the victims and survivors and their parents because what we witnessed in west Donegal was just carnage that you wouldn’t ascribe to any civilised society.
“I don’t know of any one week went by in west Donegal when a child or a number of children weren’t sexually abused.
“For the Bishop now to come along, and he knows nothing, and uses soft spoken words, and makes what to me is a self-serving statement and no more, it’s blaring out for a full investigation into those people, into the Diocese of Raphoe. It should take immediate effect.”
Mr Ridge insisted that the Bishop’s office would have had documents relating to the allegations against Fr. Greene because “he had to get permission from the Bishop’s office in Gortahork due to a child abuse claim by a parent. So the Bishop had to know. And, from that treatment centre, which we couldn’t trace, he wrote to the family concerned apologising for his transgression and thanked them for the way they dealt with it. And, on his return from the treatment centre, he called to the family home and thanked them again.”
SEE THURSDAY’S DONEGAL DEMOCRAT FOR FULL COVERAGE OF THE REPORT, REACTION AND COMMENT.