‘I know I am not the only one he has raped’ – woman left for dead after horror attack at 8 years old breaks silence

Simone aged 8 By Patricia Devlin A WOMAN left for dead in a sickening sex attack when she was just eight years-old has broken her silence for the first time. Brave Simone Cunnane from Newry, Co Down, has waived her right to anonymity to tell the Sunday World: “I know the identity of the strangerContinue reading “‘I know I am not the only one he has raped’ – woman left for dead after horror attack at 8 years old breaks silence”

This woman was shot 12 times in front of her children. The man responsible is still walking the streets of Ireland.

In June 2008 devoted mum Catherine Delaney McCormack answered a late night knock at her Clondalkin home. As she opened the door a man wearing a mask raised his pistol and fired blasting the care worker to the floor. As she laid dazed and bleeding the man – who could clearly see her two youngContinue reading “This woman was shot 12 times in front of her children. The man responsible is still walking the streets of Ireland.”

Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?

It’s been a week now since I contacted Gardai to ask for a response to allegations that the only sketch of a suspect in the brutal, unsolved murder of RTE set designer Charles Self has ‘went missing’ from detective files. I was told by the press office that my query had been passed to the investigatingContinue reading “Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?”

Jim Wells fantasist claims: ‘I’m child of evil paedophile priest’

  By Patricia Devlin A FANTASIST who made a false police report claiming former Health Minister Jim Wells made homophobic comments at a public event has claimed she is the child of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth. Dorothy ‘Dee’ Gardener made the astonishing allegation on an internet broadcast show where she also sensationally claimed to have no criminal convictions. In aContinue reading “Jim Wells fantasist claims: ‘I’m child of evil paedophile priest’”

Don’t fund cruelty this Christmas

ONE of the longest running newspaper investigations I have ever carried out was one involving a Co Tyrone puppy farmer who was selling hundreds of sick and dying dogs to animal lovers across Ireland. Co Tyrone woman Wilma Little posed under so many aliases, used so many phone numbers and managed to meet ‘customers’ inContinue reading “Don’t fund cruelty this Christmas”

The dangers of working under Ireland’s red light

Orginally published in the Irish Daily Star, November 2016. A MAN posed as a garda before threatening and forcing a call girl into performing oral sex in a hotel room in Sligo. That’s just one of the horror stories shared by sex workers here who are regularly attacked, robbed and scammed by local punters. The reports, used toContinue reading “The dangers of working under Ireland’s red light”

Domestic abuse: This is what it looks like

In 2014 I sat down with Terri-Louise Graham, a brave young mum from Co Derry who wanted to share her story of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her partner Greg Logue. She had never spoken about her ordeal publicly before and wanted to speak out in the hope it would help other womenContinue reading “Domestic abuse: This is what it looks like”

Catholic church doctored books of mother and baby homes to claim cash from Irish State

Young mums and adoptive parents of children also duped into handing over cash to nuns in 40s, 50s and 60s. Patricia Devlin NUNS were doctoring the books of two notorious mother and baby institutions to fraudulently claim government cash for single mothers no longer there. Adoptive parents and young mums were also duped into handing over money on a monthlyContinue reading “Catholic church doctored books of mother and baby homes to claim cash from Irish State”

Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America

By Patricia Devlin A SHELVED report which revealed concerns nuns falsified the deaths of babies before selling them to parents in the USA was seen by two Ministers, a former HSE chief has claimed. Former Children and Family Services assistant director Phil Garland says the explosive 2012 report was passed to then Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and HealthContinue reading “Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America”

He made millions from heists, armed robberies and drugs, but today this criminal godfather has just €3.50 in his pocket

  By Patricia Devlin CHRISTY ‘Bronco’ Dunne was once the King of Ireland’s criminal underworld who made millions from heists, armed robberies and trafficking drugs Today he lives in a Co Dublin council flat with just €3.50 in his pocket. The man who pulled off Ireland’s first Tiger Kidnapping certainly is living proof that crime doesn’tContinue reading “He made millions from heists, armed robberies and drugs, but today this criminal godfather has just €3.50 in his pocket”