Mary Mc Cleary, Monaghan Child Abuse, Catholic Church
In 2004 members of An Garda Siochana based in Monaghan Town under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Flannery began an investigation into serious crimes against children. At the centre of that investigation was Mary Mc Cleary, 13 Glenview Heights, Monaghan Town and other members of her family. These were the people held up by the tabloid press in 2000 as campaigners for children’s rights; indeed a number of corrupt politicians also championed the Mc Clearys in 2000, with Sinn Fein’s Caoimhghin O Caolain TD pouring praise on the Mc Clearys in Dail Eireann and his counter-part Sinn Fein’s Paul Butler also offering succour to Mary Mc Cleary in Stormont.
Gardai in Monaghan have stated that their investigation was impeded on two counts, firstly the Mc Clearys refused to cooperate with their inquiries, and secondly the Catholic Church through its secretive child adoption agency CURA refusing to hand over files relating to the Rape and pregnancy of a 13 year old Monaghan child.
While the Mc Clearys are now persona non grata for the good and decent people of Monaghan who know only too well the true history of the Mc Clearys, some media outlets continue to offer succour to Mary Mc Cleary.
Serious questions need to be asked about child protection in Monaghan Town and in particular the role played in the abuse by the Catholic Church.
I'm glad that the Irish government has recently been demanding answers from the Roman Catholic Church and that a State visit by the pope is in question. I think the Church has lost all rights to any influence in Irish political life. Their cover-up of child abuse, not only in Ireland but all over the world is something it still needs to own up to, yet the secrecy seems to be continuing. The Church only has itself to blame for the dramatic decline in Roman Catholics in the world.
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