Further Allegations of Sexual Assault have Emerged in Relation to Irish Defence Forces

Concerns have been raised by numerous former members of the Defence Forces in relation to the manner in which allegations of sexual abuse and assault have been handled. It is claimed that there exists a culture of ignoring sexual assault. This claim is disputed by the Defence Forces.

Mr Anthony O’ Brien a former sergeant who served in the Defence Forces for over 20 years has alleged he was sexually assaulted in the 1980s by a Defence Forces Officer. Mr O’ Brien shared details of the alleged assault online and subsequently has been

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contacted by both men and women who claim to have been assaulted or harassed during their time in the Defence Forces. Mr O’Brien is aware of numerous cases where it is alleged that members of the Defence Forces have abused their rank for sexual favour.

Allegations of sexual abuse have also been made by Mr James Daly, who has a member of the Defence Forces for over 30 years. Mr Daly claims the sexual abuse took place in the 1980s, when he was between 17 and 18. He claims he was abused by two men, both of superior rank. In 2005 Mr Daly made a statement to the Gardai regarding the alleged abuse. Following his statement Gardai interviewed the alleged abusers but the Director of Public Prosecutions opted not to prosecute due to a lack of evidence. Mr Daly has since endeavoured to access the files relating to his case, but the Defence Forces have said certain files are missing.

The Department of Defence has issued a statement, in relation to the allegations of abuse, in which Minster Coveney urged “anyone with information of alleged criminality to present that information to An Garda Síochána”

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 Philip Treacy either by email or freephone us on 1800 844 104.

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