Gweedore sex case review

A HSE review into how a caretaker on the sex offenders register remained working at a Gweedore school leaving him position to sexually assault four boys should be complete by March

A HSE review into how a caretaker on the sex offenders register remained working at a Gweedore school leaving him position to sexually assault four boys should be complete by March

Michael Ferry, from Bunbeg, abused four boys on a regularly basis, some for as long as four years despite receiving a six-month suspended sentence for sexual abuse in 2002.

The boys were abused between 1990 and 2005 even though Ferry was on the sex offenders register between 2002 and 2007.

After sentencing him to 14 years at the Central Criminal Court last summer, the judge said the authorities must have been aware Ferry had a conviction for a similar offence.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter asked the Garda Commissioner to investigate if, after the first conviction, gardaí and the HSE had contact with the school management.

Ferry, of Bunbeg, Gweedore, was based at Ard Scoil Mhuire in Derrybeg, a former school building used for Irish language courses. The boys were not pupils at the Irish language school. The directors of Coláiste Cholmcille said it was “factually incorrect” to say Ferry continued in his role as caretaker after 2002.