January 17, 2003
Taking A Stand

The one to one interview series in which Fergal Keane talks to people who have stood up for what they believe in. This edition features Colm O'Gorman, director of One In Four talking about his stand against the cover up of clerical abuse.

Listen to the programme

Colm O’Gorman grew up in the small Irish town of Wexford. At the age of fourteen he was sexually abused – an ordeal that was to continue for several years. Yet his abuser was regularly welcomed into Colm’s home for tea, indeed he was seen as the moral cornerstone of the community. His name was Father Sean Fortune and he was the Parish priest.

Colm O’Gorman talks to Fergal Keane about the extent of Sean Fortune’s abuse and his anger at Catholic Church’s failure to confront what was happening. Colm is now suing the Bishop of his Parish - who ignored allegations against Sean Fortune - and the Papal Nuncio, the Pope’s representative in Ireland.

Posted by Colm at January 17, 2003 03:36 PM

Can't access the programme; any chance of a transcript or is there one?

I really admire your courage Colm - always have....


Posted by: Eleanor on January 17, 2003 08:40 PM

Hi Eleanor
I dont have a transcript I am afraid...if you dont have real player and cant access the file then go to www.real.com where you can download the player for free...its the best programme to use to view clips and audio on this site...hope this helps


Posted by: Colm on January 17, 2003 10:05 PM

Listening to your interview made my heart ache for you....but I feel so consoled too knowing that your voice of courage, strength and advocacy speaks out for all of us! Thank you, Colm

Posted by: Rose on January 18, 2003 01:10 AM

hi colm just listened to your interview very balanced keep at it //////////ex letterfrack victim

Posted by: angry on January 18, 2003 05:28 AM

Wonderful and powerful interview. Want my friends in the US to be aware of it. How can I obtain a transcript or record it on my computer while listening to it at the same time.

Any suggestions.

Posted by: Ed Menaunt on January 18, 2003 02:14 PM

Colm you're an inspiration to all of us.....what an amazing person you truly are...keep up all the fabulous work you're doing .

Posted by: Sally on January 30, 2003 05:08 AM

Colm - I have been reading Alison O'Connor's book, and want to congratulate you on having the guts to take a stance, not just for you but for all concerned.

I have a question - if one suspects a priest of possible sex abuse, is there a list of known abusers anywhere that one can check against?

Posted by: Graeme on March 18, 2003 06:31 PM
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