Broken Promises

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is extremely concerned by the manner in which the release of Derry O’Rourke, the swimming coach who was convicted of child sexual abuse, is being handled. The victims were not informed of his imminent release.

We have heard in the past how the Gardai are developing policies and procedures whereby they will inform victims of the release of such offenders. Why has this not happened in this case?

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC said “For many years this man has caused untold damage to children in his care. He had been suitably punished and imprisoned for the wrongs he had done. Why now has his sentence been shortened? Will he be on the sex offenders’ list? What guarantee have we that his whereabouts and behaviour will be monitored?

We read reports on the recommendations for victim support. One of the basic recommendations is that the Gardai inform a victim when a perpetrator in a sexual crime is going to be released from prison. This is not happening. This has not happened in the case of the release of Derry O’Rourke. When will these recommendations become a reality? Is it that difficult to implement something as simple as informing a person that the instigator of one of the most serious crimes on our statute books is about to be released? This is not good enough. Victims in these situations have suffered long enough without having to be subjected to further broken promises by the guardians of our laws.”

For further information please contact:
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO – 01 661 4911 / 086 809 9618

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