Enda Kenny apologises to abuse victim Louise O'Keeffe

Louise O'Keeffe

The Taoiseach has issued an apology to abuse victim Louise O'Keeffe.

The Cork woman won a case earlier this week in the European Court of Human Rights over abuse she suffered at a school in the 1970s.

The European court overturned a ruling from the Supreme Court which found the State could not be liable as the teacher responsible, Leo Hickey, was not in its direct employment.

Enda Kenny said the judgement was exceptionally complex and would be studied by the Government.

However the Taoiseach said he apologised for the horrendous experience Ms O'Keeffe had to go through.

"I would like to say to Louise O'Keeffe that I apologise for what happened to her, and for the horrendous experience that she had to go through," he said.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore later added: "I admire Louise O'Keefe and I join with the Taoiseach in apologising to her."

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