Limerick-based Garda inspector honoured for his work with child abuse victims

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A CHARITY organisation which helps young victims of sexual abuse and their families has made a special presentation to Insp John O’Rielly ahead of his retirement at the end of the month.

A CHARITY organisation which helps young victims of sexual abuse and their families has made a special presentation to Insp John O’Rielly ahead of his retirement at the end of the month.

CARI, which has offices on the Ennis Road in the city made the presentation to mark his extensive contribution to children and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse.

Insp O’Rielly, who is stationed at Henry Street Garda Station is due to retire on July, 1.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Tuesday, Majella Ryan Head of Therapy CARI paid tribute to Insp O’Rielly,

“For children and clients who come to CARI, their lives have usually been turned upside down and they have usually gone through a very traumatic experience. John has really offered a lot of our clients an opportunity to feel a sense of safety again following these traumatic events,” she said adding that Insp O’Rielly has been an “invaluable asset” to CARI staff and its clients.

“He has shown personal dedication and commitment to vulnerable children, their parents and all of those affected by sexual abuse. He has connected with children and families in a very real and human way helping them to begin to experience safety in the world following trauma. He will be greatly missed by us all,” she said.

After accepting the presentation, Insp O’Rielly expressed his appreciation.

“I’m totally honoured to receive this plaque and I’m very honoured by what Majella has said. It has been my privilege to work with CARI for the last number of years and it has been a learning curve for me working with children and with CARI,” he said appealing to members of the public to support the efforts of CARI in whatever way they can.

“The work that they do here is second-to-none,” he said adding: “They deserve the best support people can give and I know that Limerick people will continue to give them support.”