More digging needed into abuse fears during Savile charity trips to Ireland
A British solicitor who represents victims of Jimmy Savile is calling on authorities to "dig deeper" into his activities in Ireland.
Health Minister James Reilly said he is “very concerned” about the possibility that Savile had Irish victims.
DJ and TV presenter Savile was in Ireland on a number of occasions for fundraising events for the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin.
Minister Reilly said that he would liaise with Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan on the issue.
"Obviously we would be very concerned to ensure that nobody fell victim to somebody with the reputation that he clearly now has, posthumously," he said.
Gardaí have said they were not aware of any complaints in relation to the entertainer's visits to Ireland.
The Central Remedial Clinic - which was one of the places Savile visited in the 1970s - has previously said it was unaware of any allegations against him.
The clinic is appealing to anyone who has suspicions, allegations or knowledge of complaints regarding Savile to get in touch.
In a statement, Chief Executive Stephanie Manahan says to the best of her knowledge, the clinic has never been made aware of allegations or incidents involving inappropriate or criminal behaviour involving Jimmy Savile.
A series of reports were published in the UK yesterday outlining Savile's sex attacks at 28 NHS hospitals.
Richard Scorer works for a firm which represents some of those he abused: "It seems that virtually every institution he came into contact with he used as an opportunity to abuse children and adults in a very opportunistic way.
"I think you probably do have to dig deeper (into his trips to Ireland), I'm sorry to say."
'Sex with corpses'
Disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile committed “truly awful” abuse against patients at hospitals across the country and even boasted about having sex with corpses, a series of chilling reports have revealed.
Branded as an “opportunistic sexual predator” by investigators, Savile used the NHS and his celebrity status to “exploit and abuse” patients and staff.
Among the most disturbing findings are “macabre accounts” of claims the now-dead TV and radio presenter performed sex acts on dead bodies in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and at least one other hospital.
Findings of investigations into 28 hospitals were published, including high-security Broadmoor, where Savile sexually abused at least five individuals, including two patients who were subjected to repeated assaults.