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Donegal man at centre of Historical Abuse Inquiry

St. Joseph's Home at Termonbacca in Derry where Des McDaid was housed before he was sent to Australia . 0408 INDD Termonbacca  MVB.JPG

St. Joseph's Home at Termonbacca in Derry where Des McDaid was housed before he was sent to Australia . 0408 INDD Termonbacca MVB.JPG

A former child migrant from Donegal to Australia has told a public inquiry he was transferred with no idea where he was going and faced more sexual abuse after arriving in a Catholic home there.

Seventy year old Des McDaid originally from Donegal, was housed at Termonbacca in Derry before being transported to Australia.

He told the inquiry he was targeted by older boys, a lay teacher and members of the Christian Brothers religious order which ran the Clontarf institution near Perth in Western Australia.

Aged eight, he was not told where he was going when he was transferred on board the ship the New Australian.

Mr. McDaid has campaigned for many years on this issue and has waived his right to anonymity.

He added, “The big thing I want you to remember is the helplessness.”

For full story see the Thursday edition of the Donegal Democrat.

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