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True Confessions : Daniel Cronin tells his story of being sexually abused in school

A man who was repeatedly raped by his teacher in a State-run school is to meet with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin next week in a bid to finally get a government inquiry into the abuse.

Daniel Cronin was just 11-years-old when he was sexually abused by his teacher at a Christian Brothers school in Co Cork.

The perpetrator, Denis O’Shea was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2000 and died in 2012 – having served just over six years in prison.

Daniel, who is from Middleton in Cork, suffered from depression and made a number of suicide attempts after his horrific ordeal.

The part he admits struggling with the most is how a number of allegations had been made against O’Shea prior to him starting school- and yet he was still allowed to return to his job as a teacher.

Daniel has been living in London for almost four years now and is travelling home to Ireland this week in pursuit of an apology and government enquiry.

During the court case, Daniel said that the judge requested a copy of the original school registrar as the one presented had been altered to say he had been absent on the days the abuse took place.

He decided to waive his anonymity back in 2014 and expected a full enquiry to be launched, and an apology to be made.

It is now 2017 and Daniel said still nothing has been done.

Describing the moment he found out his abuser had died, Daniel said he didn’t have the reaction you would expect.

He will meet with Micheál Martin, who was Minister for Education at the time of the abuse, and said he intends to put “huge pressure” on the government to provide answers.

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