Donegal Disability Center abuse report summary to be released



The summary of the “Brandon” report on the prolonged sexual abuse of mentally disabled residents at a disabled center run by the HSE in Donegal, will be released on Thursday.

A high-level source told the Irish Times that following consultations with gardaí, the 13-page summary will be provided to the families of Brandon’s victims on Wednesday before it is published. Staff at the Ard Greine Court campus in Stranorlar, where the abuse took place, will receive copies and will be notified on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte is awaiting legal advice from the Attorney General on whether she can publish the full report.

The Brandon Report, completed by the National Independent Review Panel (NIRP) in August 2020, reveals that a former resident, under the pseudonym Brandon, perpetrated at least 108 sexual assaults on more than 18 adults with mental disabilities, most of them non-verbal , between 2003 and 2016.

He says the “common strategy” to manage Brandon – to move him from one neighborhood to another – “simply gave him access to a new cohort of customers that he assaulted until he was in. new transferred ”.

None of the families were made aware of the mistreatment of their loved ones until December 2018, a decade after the mistreatment in some cases. While several have called for the full report to be released, the HSE has maintained its position that it will only publish the summary.

The report says the Brandon assaults continued “unabated” and with the “full knowledge” of management.

Nurses repeatedly tried to stop the abuse, reporting it to management, he said. In 2011, a number of experts recommended that Brandon’s contacts with other residents be stopped and that the families of his victims be informed. The assaults continued, however, and families were not informed for several years.

Brandon was transferred to Brentwood Manor, a private nursing home in Convoy, Co Donegal in May 2016 and died there last year.

The abuse came to light in 2016 when a whistleblower approached local independent TD Thomas Pringle. He reported it to the county’s HSE leadership and then-Disability Minister Finian McGrath. A retrospective review, completed in 2018, led the HSE to commission the NIRP review.



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