March 22, 2006

St Joseph's abuse victim awarded E300,000

Kilkenny Today

A Kilkenny City man who suffered sexual, physical and racial abuse in St Joseph's Orphanage, Waterford Road, Kilkenny was awarded E300,000 damages by the high court yesterday (Tuesday) after he won a case against the Sisters of Charity, the South Eastern Health Board and the state.

David Connellan said yesterday that he has never received an apology from the nuns and is extremely disappointed that it took 16 years to bring the case to court even though the person who abused him was jailed seven years ago.
His solicitors, Michael Lanigan and Company, 1 High Street, Kilkenny, confirmed that he received record aggravated damages of E50,000 because of the way he had been treated by those who were supposed to be protecting him.
The 46-year-old was abandoned by his mother when he was a few weeks old and never knew any family.

Posted by kshaw at March 22, 2006 07:51 AM