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MY ARTANE HELL; Former pupil tells of 7 years torture at hands of Brothers.

A FORMER pupil at the infamous Artane school has spoken for the first time about the terrible abuse he suffered as a young boy.

In an exclusive Irish Mirror interview the man, who did not want to be named, revealed last night how he was tortured over seven years by the Christian Brothers.

He has been questioned as part of the country's biggest investigation into child sexual abuse and is set to be one of the first former pupils to face the Artane teachers across a court room.

Two Christian Brothers from the Dublin industrial school are due to face charges by the end of the year.

The victim, who now has children of his own, says the abuse he received has made it impossible for him to hold down a job since he left their 'care'.

"I'm not doing this for compensation money," he said. "I just want to see these people own up to what they've done.

"It's all very well for the government to say they're sorry on television.

"But the only way to sort this out properly is to get the Brothers into the courts."

The man, who still lives in Dublin, claimed that the abuse even caused him to give his own children similar beatings to those he received at the hands of the Christian Brothers.

"I love my children and I'd do anything for them," he said. "But you do to your kids what was done do you. It's in your system.

The man was sent to Artane at the age of nine where hew claims he was regularly abused by different people - both Brothers and other pupils.

"It was happening to me all the time. I was so scared I didn't know who to say anything to.

"There were people coming at me from all directions."

The man has been in counselling for three years and now he's determined justice will be done.

"Maybe if my case makes it, it'll open the way for all the others," he said.
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Author:Ormond, Hugh
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 16, 1999
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