Paedo who abused young sisters won’t tell would-be tenants in flat

Gerry O'Connor outside the flat
Gerry O'Connor outside the flat

MEET the paedo who tells would-be tenants for a flat above his shop that “kids are no problem” while failing to disclose his horrific abuse of his sisters.

Gerry O’Connor (58), from Cork, was released from prison in July after serving 13 months for a litany of horrific assaults on his two sisters dating back to the 1970s, beginning when one was just eight years old.

Now, just months after being released, he is advertising and taking queries on a one-bedroom flat above his print shop, The Owl Printer, on Southern Road, Cork.

Confronted at the front door of the premises this week, O’Connor told the Sunday World he didn’t feel he had to warn would-be tenants that he was a convicted paedophile.

Asked if he should warn would-be tenants of his past, he leaned back against the door and responded: “What’s that got to do with anything? I don’t see why I should. No ,and I don’t want to talk to you about it.”

He then slammed the door.

Earlier, posing as a potential tenant, our reporter phoned O’Connor about the property.

O’Connor advised us the cost was a whopping €800 a month, before telling our man it would be “no problem” if he wanted to have his eight-year-old daughter stay with him at weekends.

 “It wouldn’t be a problem, but there’s only one bedroom you see.

“There’d be no problem with the fella who owns it… it’s only just yourself and how you can manage it,” O’Connor added.

Asked whether he owned the apartment, O’Connor said: “They’re not mine, I’m only on the ground floor and I’m working in the print room and what I’m doing… I just answer the phone and I show people around if he’s not there.”

In May of last year, O’Connor’s sisters waived their anonymity to allow him be named after he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for abusing them more than 30 years ago.

Annemarie O’Connor and Margaret O’Connell, both in their 40s, spoke of their relief after O’Connor was jailed for 18 months for abusing them in the 1970s.

O’Connor, of Pinecroft, Grange, Cork had pleaded guilty the previous week at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to 33 counts of indecently assaulting his two sisters.

The abuse happened at the family home at O’Riordan’s Terrace, Tramore Rd, Cork in the 1970s when the girls were aged eight to 11 and 10 to 14, while he was aged between 18 and 22.

In graphic and disturbing evidence, Garda Fiona Byrne told of Gerard O’Connor getting his young sisters to masturbate him and perform oral sex on him.

Despite O’Connor’s claims that he doesn’t need to tell tenants of his vile past, the Department of Justice this week confirmed to the Sunday World that legislation is to be published imminently which will allow gardai to warn parents if a sex offender lives near them.