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The Passion of Nora Wall - 1999

In February 1996 RTE broadcast Louis Lentin's TV documentary "Dear Daughter", concerning allegations of physical and sexual anuse in Goldenbridge residential school which had been run by the Sisters of Mercy. Within a year of the broadcast - and an apology by the Sisters of Mercy - Ireland experienced a series of fake child abuse scandals. In the course of the year the following were accused:

Nora Wall (formerly Sister Dominic of the Sisters of Mercy) and Paul (Pablo) McCabe
Michael Fitzpatrick
Michael Feichin Hannon
Patsy McGlinchey

The following is an extract from the introduction to the Wikipedia article on Nora Wall:

Nora Wall (formerly Sister Dominic of the Sisters of Mercy) (born 1948) is a former Irish nun of the Sisters of Mercy who was wrongfully convicted of rape in June 1999, and served four days of a life sentence in July 1999, before her conviction was quashed. She was officially declared the victim of a miscarriage of justice in December 2005. The wrongful conviction was based on false allegations by two women in their 20s, Regina Walsh (born 8 January 1978) and Patricia Phelan (born 1973). Walsh had a psychiatric history and Phelan had a history of making false allegations of rape prior to the event. Phelan subsequently admitted to having lied.[1]

Wall was the first woman in the history of the Irish State to be convicted of rape, the first person to receive a life sentence for rape and the only person in the history of the State to be convicted on Repressed memory evidence. Her co-accused Pablo McCabe was a homeless schizophrenic man. In relation to one of the two rape allegations, the Defence showed that McCabe could not possibly have been there on the date in question. The jury acquitted McCabe on that count, and convicted him and Wall on the second rape charge. On 1st December 2005, the Court of Criminal Appeal in Ireland certified that Wall had been the victim of a miscarriage of justice. McCabe had died in December 2002.

The events took place following the airing of the documentary, States of Fear. A 2005 Irish Times editorial suggested that the programme influenced jury members and may have played a role in the miscarriage of justice against Nora Wall.[2] ....................

Former Nun and Male Helper Jailed for Raping Girl, Irish Times - 24 July 1999

Letter from Jim Cantwell to Irish Times 31 July 1999 re article by Carol Coulter

Olive Braiden, Nora Wall and the Rape Crisis Centre - July 1999 and January 2000

51-year-old NUN Nora Wall Found Guilty of Raping a 10-year-old Girl, The Times (London) - 6 December 1999

Nora Wall Gives TV Interview - 8 January 2000

Justice Paul Carney on Trial by Media (including Nora Wall Case), Irish Times - 24 January 2000

The Passion of Nora Wall - Main Essay (by myself!) - December 2005

Dangerous Desire for Condemnation by Gene Kerrigan, Sunday Independent - 4 December 2005

Litany of Non-Disclosure in Irish Rape Trial, Journal of Law Society of New South Wales - June 2006

Miscarriage of Justice: Paul McCabe and Nora Wall by Breda O'Brien, Studies Review - Winter 2006

Falsely Accused Also Have Right to Just Process, by Breda O'Brien Irish Times - 23 June 2007

Dr Vicky Conway on Compensation for Miscarriages of Justice - 3 November 2009

Nora Wall Awaits Compensation, "The Phoenix" Magazine - 24 September 2010