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abuse probe The Workers' Party claim Anthony Flynn's seat and call for ‘intensive’ investigation of ICHH

The party want ‘thorough and intensive’ investigation of the charity Inner City Helping the Homeless.

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The late Anthony Flynn. Picture by Gareth Chaney

The late Anthony Flynn. Picture by Gareth Chaney

The late Anthony Flynn. Picture by Gareth Chaney

The Workers’ Party has stated that it has a democratic mandate to claim the Dublin City Council seat of the late Anthony Flynn and has called for a ‘intensive’ investigation of ICHH.

The Sunday World has seen a letter which has been set by the Workers’ Party to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, today which calls for the co-option by the left-wing group of the council seat of the late Anthony Flynn.

The letter also calls for a ‘thorough and intensive’ investigation of the charity Inner City Helping the Homeless.

In the letter, signed by former WP Councillor Eilis Ryan, who lost her council seat to Flynn by 46 in the 2019 local elections, the party states: “We believe it is essential that the operation of ICHH is adequately investigated and lessons learnt.

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Eilis Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eilis Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eilis Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"This must be a priority in order that the well-meaning social activism that many carried out on its behalf can be fully recognised while seeking to ascertain the context which led to serious allegations concerning its CEO and wider concerns about its operation.

"This investigation must be thorough and intensive so once again we do not have a situation in Ireland of claiming how could anyone have known?

"Or what could have been done?

"People can know if they maintain a critical and responsible approach and there are clear processes in place to stop the cycle of such misuse of power.”

The letter also calls for the comments of “Independent elected representatives” in the Dublin North Inner City area "to be examined."

The letter continues, “The Workers’ Party believes that the victims and survivors of sexual assault must be supported.

"We are concerned that the commentary following the details emerging of serious sexual assault allegations against the late Cllr Anthony Flynn has caused harm to survivors of sexual violence and intensified the suffering of the alleged victims, their families and the broader community.”

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The letter also states that the local authority - not charity groups - should be tasked with dealing with homelessness problem.

“While there may be a place for charities providing less vital services we have always and will continue to call for and plan that the Local Authority, and the State, takes the lead role in assisting these citizens and residents in distress.”

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The late Anthony Flynn of Inner City Helping Homeless, pictured during a protest outside Dublin City Council offices in August 2019. Picture by Brian Lawless

The late Anthony Flynn of Inner City Helping Homeless, pictured during a protest outside Dublin City Council offices in August 2019. Picture by Brian Lawless

The late Anthony Flynn of Inner City Helping Homeless, pictured during a protest outside Dublin City Council offices in August 2019. Picture by Brian Lawless

Cllr Flynn was found dead in his home on 18 August as gardai investigated alleged sexual misconduct involving several individuals.

The 34-year-old was suspended from his post five days prior to his death. He was never arrested and voluntarily made a statement to gardai.

It was reported recently that an emergency General Meeting of the charity Inner City Helping was postponed 'indefinitely' following the circulation of a report detailing the extent of the sexual allegations against Flynn

The report details four allegations of abuse against Flynn as well his persistent denials of any knowledge of the investigations into sexual assault allegations in the lead up to his suspension from the charity.

The report details how one of the allegations came from an "extremely vulnerable" 21-year-old man who said he took a taxi, paid for on the charity's account, to Mr Flynn's home before he was drugged and sexually assaulted last May.

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