In March 2005 journalist and broadcaster Mary Raftery wrote in the Irish Times - in relation to St Joseph's residential school in Kilkenny which had been run by the Sisters of Charity:
"Several of these children, as young as four, were subjected to over a decade of continuous and savage abuse both physical and sexual. We know that a number of them told adults of the torture that they were suffering. We know that a number of prominent individuals, including the local bishop, Dr. Peter Birch, and Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, were made aware of some of the allegations of abuse. We know that for the children concerned little or nothing happened as a result of their complaints."
Ms. Raftery is a serial false accuser.