Senator Mark Daly and Abuse survivor John Allen barred from Christian Brother event
was reported in todays Irish Times by PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Mary McAleese was speaking at an event in the Convention Centre Dublin on Saturday night held to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Edmund Rice. Less than 800 people attended included Christian Brothers, their past pupils and men who had been in institutions run by the congregation as children.
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly and abuse survivor John Allen were physically barred from attending the event. Mr Daly said he wasn’t being admitted because he and Mr Allen wanted to distribute a leaflet.
It said that on August 1st this year an offer of compensation to Mr Allen by the Christian Brothers had been withdrawn and that “the leadership of the Christian Brothers are hoping that I will die soon, so the problem I pose will go away”. Mr Allen (50) said he was suffering from degenerative joint disease and was in chronic pain.
He has been supported by Senator Daly and Senator Jillian Van Turnhout in his efforts to have the situation resolved.