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Charges Against Teacher Struck Out

The Irish Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2010 -

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A number of outstanding civil actions brought by parents against a teacher who was cleared of criminal charges of sexually abusing pupils at a school 13 years ago have been withdrawn and struck out at the High Court.

Patrick McGlinchey (57), who is married with children and lives in Newport, Tipperary, was suspended from his post in 1997 following allegations he abused a number of pupils.

An investigation by the Health Service Executive into the allegations had concluded he was a risk to children but a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury unanimously acquitted him of sex assault charges following a 17-day trial in 2002.