Dr Geoffrey Shannon to head review Into Historical Abuse at St John Ambulance

The Board of St John Ambulance has appointed Dr Geoffrey Shannon as the head of an independent probe into the handling of historical child sex abuse allegations. Dr Shannon is a leading authority on child law and is the Governments former Special Rapporteur on Child Protection.

As a result of an investigation by the Irish Times in August  2020 it emerged that three men had been sexually abused in the 1990s by a senior figure in St John Ambulance. Tusla deemed these abuse allegations to be founded. Subsequently two further victims have come forward. The alleged abuser was a senior figure in the Old Kilmainham division.

He had been a member from the 1950s and left between 2000 and 2001.Speaking about the appointment of Dr Shannon, the Minister for Children Roderic O’ Gorman said, “I welcome the appointment of Dr Shannon to conduct this important and note his extensive experience and expertise in this area”.

He had been a member from the 1950s and left between 2000 and 2001.  Speaking about the appointment of Dr Shannon, the Minister for Children Roderic O’ Gorman said, “I welcome the appointment of Dr Shannon to conduct this important and note his extensive experience and expertise in this area”. Minister O’ Gorman commended those that “have at immense personal cost in some cases, had the courage to share their experiences” and he encouraged those with information relating to the abuse allegations to speak to Dr Shannon. Dr Shannon will also review the current standard of child safeguarding within St John Ambulance.  St John Ambulance will be providing details on its website in the coming days for anyone who wishes to speak with Dr Shannon

Minister O’ Gorman commended those that “have at immense personal cost in some cases, had the courage to share their experiences” and he encouraged those with information relating to the abuse allegations to speak to Dr Shannon. Dr Shannon will also review the current standard of child safeguarding within St John Ambulance.

St John Ambulance will be providing details on its website in the coming days for anyone who wishes to speak with Dr Shannon

How can we help?

Coleman Legal is taking High Court actions on behalf of victims of sexual abuse cases. Coleman Legal specialise in the area of sexual abuse law, acting on behalf of the survivors. 

Coleman Legal fully understands and appreciates that any form of abuse is extremely distressing. We deal with each case on a personal, one-to-one basis with compassion, empathy and understanding. Cases of this nature are civil actions which seek monetary compensation for the pain and suffering inflicted upon the complainants as a result of the abuse.

Our dedicated team has extensive experience with claims relating to Sexual Abuse and Harassment. If you have experienced sexual abuse or have been abused in a similar circumstances, please contact Diane Treanor either by email or freephone us on 1800 844 104.

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