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New information given to gardaí about Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí abuse allegations

Known as ‘Donal Lovely’, the late teacher is accused of abusing up to 100 boys over two decades. An audit of the garda handling of the case was launched last year.

Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí
Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí
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GARDAÍ HAVE BEEN given new information about a number of abuse allegations against former Gaeltacht teacher Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí, it has emerged today.

The Irish language summer school founder has been accused of abusing dozens of victims in the 1970s and 1980s.

He passed away in March 2013 while under investigation for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in the 1970s.

A review of the garda investigations into numerous allegations against Ó Lubhlaí was launched last April but has since been delayed in light of the new information.

Speaking in the Seanad today, junior minister Seán Sherlock revealed that the “further information provided to the Gardaí recently has necessitated further examination before the review can be finalised”.

Gardaí have informed the Minister for Justice that the process is ongoing.

The fresh audit of the garda handling of the case was announced by former Commissioner Martin Callinan after it came to light that at least two opportunities in 1991 and 1998 – were presented to gardaí to look into allegations concerning the Coláiste na bhFiann teacher.

It is alleged that the language activist may have abused up to 100 boys when he was an Irish and religion teacher with some of the alleged incidents taking place in camps, hotels, flats and cinemas in Athlone, Ros Muc, Dublin, Donegal and Tipperary.

Gardaí examined allegations of abuse in 1998, while in 2002 the teacher faced 56 charges of sexual abuse involving 11 victims but the case never went ahead following a legal challenge.

Ó Lubhlaí, known as ‘Donal Lovely’, died aged 84, with his death notice referring to him as a ‘gaeilgeoir, teacher, educationalist, author and republican’.

He has been described by victim support groups as an abuser who “hid in plain sight”.

The case was brought up in the Seanad today as Trevor Ó Clochartaigh queried if it would be included in the work of the Independent Review Group.

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