http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1008/shinem.htmlThe group that represents former patients of the Drogheda surgeon Michael Shine has expressed disappointment and anger at the news the investigation into his conduct will not be published.
Last year, Ms Harney announced she was appointing Judge Smyth to review issues surrounding Mr Shine and his work in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
The retired judge heard evidence this year from a number of former patients and was due to finalise his report around the summer.
However, Ms Harney told the Dáil earlier this week that his report will not be published on the advice of the judge because of possible criminal prosecutions.
There are a number of civil cases pending against Mr Shine, while garda investigations into complaints are continuing.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukp...1286537350665APatients of struck-off medic Michael Shine have demanded an urgent meeting with the Health Minister over a decision not to publish a report on sex abuse allegations.
Support group Dignity 4 Patients said alleged victims gave evidence at great emotional cost and claimed it was inexcusable the Drogheda Review will not be made public.
Bernadette Sullivan, a former nurse who founded the group, revealed several requests for information on a publication date have been ignored by the Department of Health.
http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=15655Barnardos, the Children's Rights Alliance, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and One in Four said today: "it is beyond belief that a serial sex offender could have operated in a busy general hospital under the eyes of medical and nursing staff for 30 years without anybody noticing."
The groups also said it is worrying that a long Garda investigation did not result in a conviction, depsite the number of complaints. The surgeon was acquitted in 2003 on charges of indecent and sexual assault on six male patients when they were teenagers.
The support groups have called in Health Minister Mary Harney to establish an independent inquiry to investigate the way in which the allegations against Michael Shine were handled.
They say such an inquiry must examine the role played by the Medical Missionaries of Mary, who previously owned the hospital, the local health board, and the Gardai in allowing a "powerful medical consultant to continually sexually abuse young boys with impunity."
I get so sick of the silence in this country. Here we go yet again, with this report.
This probe was called for while criminal investigations were underway, so what is the problem!!!!