Gardai arrest two men as part of ongoing child abuse probe

Gardai have stepped up their investigations into allegations of a sexual abuse ring in Co Donegal with the arrests of two men in separate raids.

The two men, who are both in their 60s, were arrested in Bunbeg and in Crolly early yesterday morning.

Gardai searched the men’s homes and both are still being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at both Glenties and Letterkenny Garda station.

A Garda spokesman confirmed the men are being held in relation to a serious assault West Donegal.

The arrests come as Justice Minister Alan Shatter confirmed he has received a further report from the Garda Commissioner in relation to the Michael Ferry abuse scandal.

Ferry had kept his position as an odd jobs man and bus driver for Colaiste Cholmcille in 2002 despite a conviction for abusing a young boy.

The 56-year-old later went on to abuse more teenage boys at Ardscoil Mhuire.

He was jailed last month for 14 years after pleading guilty to 38 sample charges including rape and the production of child pornography.