Johnny Watterson: I do not buy the apology around paedophile John McClean

The dogs in the street knew yet his criminal career spanned three decades

John McClean:   sexually abused 23 boys from as young as 11-years-old.  Photograph: Collins Courts

John McClean: sexually abused 23 boys from as young as 11-years-old. Photograph: Collins Courts

“I am filled with zeal for the Lord God of Hosts.” Well, it doesn’t look like that from here. Feel free to be offended. Your prophet. Your words. The Carmelite Order, present in Ireland since the second half of the 13th century.

In their printed apology following the sentencing of former teacher and rugby coach John McClean for sexually abusing 23 boys from as young as 11-years-old there is a line that reads: “Terenure College and the Carmelite Order failed in their duty to protect them and for this we are truly sorry.”

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