It’s expected that a Comission of Investigation into the state handling of allegations of sexual abuse against former Waterford sports coach Bill Kenneally will begin next month.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar published and signed a statutory instrument, committing the case to the satute books yesterday evening.
Kenneally, formerly of Laragh, Summerville Avenue in Waterford City, is serving a 14 year sentence after being found guitly of the indecent assault of 10 teenage boys in the 1980’s.
Abuse survivor Colin Power says a number of bodies will be investigated.
He says that he and other survivors were satisfied with the terms of reference.
The following is some of the issues the Commission has been directed to investigate.
To establish the full extent of complaints or allegations of sexual abuse against Bill Kenneally made to An Garda Síochána between 1985 and 1992 (inclusive)
Whether An Garda Síochána contacted or notified the South Eastern Health Board or Basketball Ireland (or the Irish Basketball Association as it was then known) in relation to the allegations made against Bill Kenneally and if not why not.
Whether the South Eastern Health Board took any action upon receipt ofthe information supplied by An Garda Síochána, or any other third party, in 1987, if any, regarding allegations against Bill Kenneally, and whether the action taken was an adequate response.
The knowledge, or otherwise, of a member of the clergy related to Bill Kenneally and serving as Monsignor in the Waterford parish, or other members of the clergy, of the offences being committed by Bill Kenneally and whether there was any contact between the Garda Síochána in Waterford and the Monsignor; and the nature, purpose and appropriateness of such contact.