HSE announces extra services for childhood abuse victims

The HSE has announced that it is to provide additional counselling services for adults in west Donegal with a history of childhood abuse.

The Executive says the move is In response to the concerns and distress expressed following the Michael Ferry case.

Ferry, a caretaker who kept his job at a school despite a conviction for sexually assaulting, a pupil was sentenced in July to18 years for the rape and sexual assault of four more boys.

Michael Ferry abused four boys on an almost weekly basis, some for as long as four years. Since his conviction more people have come forward to say they have been abused and there has been an increase in those seeking counselling.

In response to the concerns and distress expressed following the case, the HSE, is providing additional counselling services in West Donegal, for adults with a history of childhood abuse.

From this week, Jim McGlynn, an experienced Counsellor / Therapist, will be available to see clients, every Thursday.

He will be based in Derrybeg each Thursday in Dr Delapp’s GP offices.

The National Counselling Service in Donegal says it hopes that this additional service will contribute significantly to addressing some of the needs of the local community at this difficult time.

The National Counselling Service in Donegal continues to provide outreach services for adults with a history of childhood abuse in Dungloe, Donegal Town and Buncrana, as well as at its main offices Letterkenny.

Jim McGlynn can be contacted directly on 086 7225153 or referral can be made through any G.P