ISPCC Statement on Sentencing in Munster Child Abuse Case

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ISPCC has noted today’s sentencing

ISPCC has noted today’s sentencing in what has been referred to as the ‘Munster Child Abuse Case’.

The cruelty these children endured and the impact this will have on them for the rest of their lives is profound.

ISPCC Chief Executive John Church said: “The sentencing today by Mr Justice Paul McDermott illustrates that these crimes were at the more serious end of the scale. It is difficult for any of us to comprehend what these children endured at the hands of those who ought to be the ones protecting them from such harms.

“At times we can find it difficult to believe that children can face such cruelty being inflicted upon them in Ireland today. But children remain vulnerable to being abused and exploited and it is everyone’s responsibility to act if they have any concerns about the safety and welfare of a child.”

By all accounts the children are now in a place where they can focus on living the rest of their lives as best they can and ought to be afforded the privacy and dignity to do just that.

The Childline Listening Service is always available to all children and young people in Ireland. The service can be contacted for free online at, or by calling 1800 66 66 66.


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