Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Jim O’Callaghan TD has reiterated his party’s call for an inquiry to be held into the handling of complaints surrounding the abuse of boys by convicted paedophile Bill Kenneally.

Deputy O’Callaghan said, “In November 2016 Fianna Fáil Party Leader Micheál Martin and I met with victims of Bill Kenneally and heard first-hand the serious concerns that they have regarding the handling of their complaints over many years.

“Following this meeting Fianna Fáil wrote to former Taoiseach Enda Kenny to advocate for a full Commission of Inquiry to be undertaken to examine the background to this awful situation and determine the facts in full. We also called in the Dáil for such an inquiry to be undertaken without delay.

“Former Minster for Justice Francis Fitzgerald indicated that such an inquiry would be undertaken.

“I note that Minister Flanagan has today stated that the inquiry will only commence upon the completion of outstanding investigations and prosecutions. It is disappointing for the victims that the inquiry was announced way before it is possible to commence it.

“The Minister must commence the inquiry as soon as the ongoing investigations and prosecutions are brought to a completion. The delays are genuinely causing huge stresses for the victims and they are anxious that a full Commission of Inquiry be established as soon as possible.

“It’s important that the concerns raised by the victims of Bill Kenneally are heard in full and that we get to the bottom of how these cases were handled.”