The Commission of Irish Dancing acts to prevent abuser from teaching

The Commission of Irish Dancing has moved to prevent a Letterkenny dance teacher found to have abused a pupil in the 1980s from teaching again.

Last week,  the High Court ruled that 68 year old Michael Quigley of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny abused pupil Dana Doherty, now aged 42, and ordered that he pay her €400,000 compensation.

Quigley denied the claims in the High Court, and is appealing the decision.

Initially, he wasn't named, but on Friday afternoon last, the Supreme Court cleared the way for him to be named after Ms Doherty waived her right to anonymity.

After Friday's decision, Ms Doherty's solicitor Brian Gill called on Irish Dancing authorities to ensure all steps are taken to protect children.

Now, the Irish Dancing Commission has cancelled Quigley's registration with immediate effect.