Former garda abused disabled young boys

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFormer garda abused disabled young boysBy admin – December 31, 2012 1009 Twitter WhatsApp Print Linkedin Previous articleAirport strike unlikelyNext articleLimerick home helps welcome cut reversal admincenter_img Facebook Advertisement Email A FORMER Garda and scout master abused young boys when he was in charge of a special scout troop for disabled children, Limerick Circuit Court has been told. John Joseph (Jack) Dunne, formerly based at Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault on young boys in Dublin on dates unknown between 1963 and 1969.The court heard that two of Dunne’s victims were polio sufferers whom he contacted through his work with a group of disabled scouts.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The now 82-year-old, who lives at Cannon Breen Park, Thomondgate, Limerick, indecently assaulted two of his victims at Pearse Street Garda Station, where he worked as Juvenile Liason Officer, while other indecent assaults took place at scout camps in Dublin and Waterford, and in his car after he dropped the boys home from scout meetings.In his evidence Sargent Martin Philips from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Harcourt Square, Dublin, said Dunne resigned from the force in 1976 when he was the subject of allegation of indecency but no charges were brought.A native of Limerick city, Dunne was a Scout Master from 1953 to 1976 and involved with a special group for disabled children at a scout hall near Pearse Street which was then known as Westland Row.Judge Carroll Moran was told the sexual abuse first came to light after the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009 when one of Dunne’s victim’s contacted gardai.In his victim impact statement, the now 58-year-old, who contracted polio when he was six months old, recalled how he met Dunne while on a train to Knock with the Polio Fellowship of Ireland.He said the former Garda was the scout leader with a group of disabled scouts from Dublin and he invited the ten-year-old to join the troop when they got back to Dublin.The victim, who is confined to a wheelchair for the past four years, said he was first abused during an overnight stay in the scout den, when Dunne put his hand down his pyjamas and started touching his private parts.The victim also recalled incidents of abuse where he was kissed and fondled by the former Garda during a trip to the cinema and on another occasion in the Phoenix Park when Dunne gave him a lift home from the scouts.“Jack Dunne was in a position of trust; he was a Scout Leader; a Garda and a person of power. He abused that power and hid behind his so-called good works. I now see him as a bad person who used that trust and his position to gain access to young boys,” the victim said.Another victim, who is now aged 56, told the court that he met Dunne when he was hospitalised for polio which he contracted when he was two years old.In his victim impact statement, he called the former Garda a paedophile and claimed Dunne had visited a particular ward at a children’s hospital in Dublin “especially to recruit new victims”.He said he was abused by Dunne in his car just a short distance from his home in Dublin, and also in Pearse Street Garda Station as well as at the annual scout camp.“He had free access everywhere he went; nobody questioned his word. He was seen as the good garda looking after the poor little handicapped kids,” he said.The court heard Dunne met his two other victims, two brothers from Dublin, at a swimming gala organised by the scouts.Dunne brought one of the boys to play snooker in a room on the top of Pearse Street Garda Station and cooked him a fry and then put his hand down his pants and fondled his penis.Defence Counsel Mark Nicholas (BL) said his client’s behaviour was “disgraceful and unforgiveable” but said Dunne, who joined a religious order after he left the Gardai, had sought help for his problems in America twenty years ago.The court heard he joined the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in 1977 and, following advice from his superiors, went to seek help for his problems at Trinity House in Chicago in 1992.Mr Nicholas said the abuse involving the four victims had come to light as a “downstream effect of the Ryan Report “ when people got the strength to come forward. He said that his client had made early admissions of guilt.Judge Moran was told Dunne had one previous conviction for indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy in 1986 for which he received the Probation Act.The Judge said it was a difficult case with a lot to consider and adjourned sentencing until January 18.last_img read more

Scotland, UK sign MoU on Maritime and Coastguard Agency work

first_img The UK and Scottish governments have agreed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which Scottish authorities will have a greater say on the strategic priorities of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in Scotland.The change was a recommendation of the Smith Commission, which looked at the devolution of more powers to Holyrood ministers, and was brought into effect through the Scotland Act 2016.UK Maritime and Shipping Minister John Hayes said: “Our Maritime and Coastguard Agency works across the UK, to keep people safe in the waters of our island nation. This is a historic occasion which shows the UK and Scottish governments working together to prevent loss of life and pollution on the coast and at sea.”The MoU also covers the appointment of a Scottish government representative to the MCA advisory board and confirmation that the MCA will submit reports to and appear before committees of the Scottish Parliament.Scottish government Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “I welcome the signing of this MoU, which promotes a closer working relationship between the Scottish government and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.”“It represents an important step forward in implementing the Smith Commission proposals around the maritime sector, requiring UK ministers to consult with the Scottish government on any key changes to the strategic direction of the MCA in relation to its operations in Scotland.”This MoU represents another transfer of new powers from Westminster to Holyrood under the Scotland Act 2016, which delivered in full the recommendations of the Smith Commission. View post tag: Maritime and Coastguard Agency View post tag: UK Scotland gets greater say on Maritime and Coastguard Agency work November 30, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Scotland gets greater say on Maritime and Coastguard Agency work Authorities Share this article View post tag: Scotlandlast_img read more

One step ahead this storm season

first_img MORE: RELATED: Solaire Properties are packed with innovative features, energy efficient appliances and are carefully designed to minimise the need for heating and cooling through the use of effective cross ventilation and high level insulation.With the early arrival of Queensland’s storm season, what better time to invest in an in-home battery storage system to harness the full potential of your solar power system. Bureau of Meteorology Queensland state manager Bruce Gunn said the state had already experienced several severe thunderstorms this season, with reports of large hail and tornadoes.“Queensland experiences a peak in severe thunderstorms every spring and summer, typically between October and December,” Mr Gunn said. Brisbane’s most sustainable home “This allows busy mums and dads to put on a load of washing, grab the kids who have every light, TV and PlayStation in the house on and in a touch of a button turn them all off, walk out the door with a secure house and come home to clean laundry and plenty of power available,” he said. Battery storage is especially important in Queensland, where thunderstorms often brought periods of power outages, or extreme weather events such as floods that could take down areas of the network for extended periods.Mr Weston said this technology was especially important in Queensland, where thunderstorms often brought periods of power outages, or extreme weather events such as floods that could take down areas of the network for extended periods.“With the Tesla application there is no noticeable change in your home when the grid disconnects, except for a message to your phone, which indicates the house is now on battery back-up,” he said.“During normal everyday use, the home will take energy from solar as a priority and then the batteries will be drained entirely before the home automatically switches over to the grid as a last resort for power.”Mr Weston said Solaire homes had an additional feature, “Go Green’’, which allowed the resident to turn off everything except the fridge, security and washing machine. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Solaire Properties are at the forefront of sustainable house design and director and business manager Harley Weston said the company built homes to give a positive impact just by living there.He said the homes were packed with innovative features, including the Tesla Powerwall 2s for all energy storage needs.“These batteries have a combined storage capacity of 27kw, which when used effectively has the ability to run the house completely off the grid for several days without being recharged,” he said.“The benefit that solar coupled with battery storage has over just solar panels is that you can keep the power that you created for free in your own home.“Electricity in Queensland is purchased for roughly 27¢ per kilowatt, but when it is fed back into the grid during the day as excess energy, the homeowner is only paid 7¢ a kilowatt, so there is little benefit in selling back to the grid in the current market.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago New cladding laws to prevent tragedies Smart home that changes light bulblast_img read more