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Beast Brother protected by state & Church.

Byline: PAT FLANAGAN

A FORMER Christian Brother carried out a 40-year campaign of child sex abuse in the knowledge of a priest, gardai, a bishop and the Department of Education.

CICA detailed the real case of Brother John Brander - a pseudonym - to underline the silence of Church and state as thousands of Irish children suffered.

Despite being repeatedly removed from schools, he was able to secure a school post, often at a senior level, right up to his retirement.

The commission said: "By choosing to take the easy way out, the persons and bodies with knowledge of Mr Brander's activities must bear heavy responsibility for the damage he did to children throughout his career and following his retirement."

After joining the Christian Brothers in the 1930s, he began teaching at St Mary's CBS in Marino, Dublin, where after being confronted about abusing young boys he agreed to seek a dispensation from his vows.

But he was allowed to go on teaching at three more Christian Brothers schools, in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, at St Michael's CBS in Inchicore, Dublin, and James's Street CBS, also in Dublin, where allegations continued until 1957.

The same year he was released from his religious vows on a Friday and on the Monday was appointed principal of Lanesboro National School, Co Longford.

He went on to hold various senior school positions, accompanied by complains of excessive corporal punishment and sexual deviancy He finally left teaching for good in 1985.

Brander was convicted on numerous sample charges in the mid-1990s.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:May 21, 2009
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