Rape Crisis Network hits out at appeal decision of court in Sligo abuse case

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland has hit out at the decision of a court this week to cut the jail sentence of a GAA coach from Co Sligo who abused two young boys in the 1970s.

75-year-old Ronan McCormack from Cloonloo groomed and abused schoolboys as young as 10.

Earlier this year, a jury convicted him of 14 counts of indecently assaulting two boys who were aged between seven and 13. He was jailed for seven years.

Yesterday McCormack successfully appealed his sentence having it reduced to four years.

Cliona Saidléar, executive director of the Rape Crisis Network, says that appeals like these are often very distressing for survivors of sexual abuse: