Excerpt from full article.
"....... In January 1977, a 14-year-old boy, James Moran, complained to the Archdiocese about a sexual assault by a priest, Patrick McCabe who called to a boarding school and introduced himself as a friend of the boy’s mother, with whom he had a vague, passing acquaintance. He then assaulted the boy in his car for over an hour, and when the boy complained to the headmaster, he was again sexually assaulted. The headmaster was later convicted of multiple instances of sexual abuse."
"Despite the headmaster’s behaviour, the school reported the complaint to the church authorities who sent a priest, Canon Ardle McMahon, to investigate. It seems he believed the boy, but found the incident regrettable rather than criminal.
Nothing in his report suggests that the police should be involved or alerted.
When interviewed, McCabe cast himself as the innocent, taken aback by the aggressive sexual advances of the child. He was so shocked, he claimed, that he sought the help of a psychiatrist.
Canon McMahon describes the attack as unbalanced emotionalism and later describes the victim’s claims as the evidence of one witness against the only other witness.
That was the end of it. Dermot Ryan never followed up on McCabe’s activities and the psychiatrist was never identified......."
"........ In 1987, James Moran, now a young man in his mid-twenties, approaches Stenson, looking for compensation. He threatens to go public and take legal action.
So far, so good. The young man is clearly angry and hurt, but then he goes to his former school in Kildare where he meets the current headmaster and demands compensation under threat of media exposure for the damage done by McCabe and also by the former headmaster, also a convicted abuser.
The priest-headmaster complains the young man to the Gardai and alleges blackmail. The Gardai launch an exhaustive and comprehensive investigation, not of the sexual abuse but of the victim. They tap his phone and make comments about him and his antecedents which in the Commission’s view are scurrilous. They send a file to the DPP with a strong recommendation that the young man be prosecuted for blackmail.
Only when the DPP refuses to proceed do the Gardai finally begin to investigate the original abuse case, but even then, they do it shabbily, haphazardly and in time-honoured ramshackle Garda fashion. This is not an investigation on principle, but simply because the top brass are embarrassed and want it buried as fast as possible.
The investigating Garda takes a statement from Moran. Other Gardai interview the headmaster alleged to have committed the second assault (and later convicted of multiple offences), they interview Stenson but by then, McCabe is laicised and out of the clergy.
It comes to nothing, but a young man is further traumatised by an aggressive investigation and an official attempt to destroy his good name......... "