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Claims Man who accused Anthony Flynn of sex assault forced into hiding after identity revealed

Mr Flynn was interviewed by gardai in relation to the allegations

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Anthony Flynn took his own life last month.

Anthony Flynn took his own life last month.

Anthony Flynn took his own life last month.

One of two men who accused the late Cllr Anthony Flynn of sexually assaulting him has been forced to go into hiding after details of his identity became known in the local community.

A source told the Sunday World the young man, a client of Inner City Helping Homeless which Mr Flynn founded, had been housed at an address for the last eight months but was moved to hotel accommodation over concerns for his safety.

The source said the decision to move the young man had been taken as a precautionary measure and not as a result of ‘an overt threat’ against him.

Asked how details of the young man’s identity had become known, the source said Mr Flynn had discussed the allegations made by this individual with a number of third parties prior to his death.

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Anthony Flynn. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Anthony Flynn. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Anthony Flynn. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

 

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The funeral of Anthony Flynn takes place on Sean McDermott Street

The funeral of Anthony Flynn takes place on Sean McDermott Street

The funeral of Anthony Flynn takes place on Sean McDermott Street

In the wake of Mr Flynn’s passing on August 18, the source said one of these third parties discussed the complaint and the complainant’s identity with other individuals.

It is understood Mr Flynn had not divulged the allegations by the second complainant to anyone and this individual’s identity is understood to remain a closely guarded secret.

Both men came forward to gardai in May alleging they had been sexually assaulted by Anthony Flynn at his home after he ordered taxis for them bringing them to the property.

Mr Flynn was interviewed by gardai in relation to the allegations.

However, when the charities regulator wrote to the board of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) in late June, querying an allegation that a worker with the organisation had behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner, Flynn did not divulge the allegations made against him to his fellow board members.

Shortly afterwards, gardai contacted ICHH requesting the charity’s taxi receipts from the period during which the alleged assaults took place.

It was at this point that the board learned Mr Flynn was under investigation in relation to the sexual assault allegations.

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He was subsequently suspended from ICHH on the grounds he had misled the board.

Subsequently, ICHH received queries from two separate media organisations in relation to allegations that a staff member was under investigation for sexual assault.

The board’s chair, David Hall, responded to these queries confirming that a staff member had been suspended but no details were given in the statement that could have led to the identification of Anthony Flynn.

The statement confirmed that an employee had been suspended, following “serious matters” that came “to the attention of the board”.

Six days later Mr Flynn took his own life. His death caused widespread shock and anger in the inner city where he was a popular character and revered for his work in helping the homeless.

It also led to widespread criticism of the board of ICHH and its former chairman David Hall. Mr Hall subsequently stepped down as chair of the charity, citing threats to his safety.

In a note to the charity’s staff confirming his decision to step down, Mr Hall said the days after Mr Flynn’s death had seen an “unwarranted social media blame campaign”, which had led to “personal safety threats against me and others.”

“I was advised by gardai that due to threats to my own personal safety, it is not safe for me at this time to attend the office.

“I’ve been unable to attend the office since Anthony’s passing. As a result, we are faced with a situation where proper governance or support is impacted,” he said.

“I informed the board that I have come to the conclusion that circumstances are now such that I can no longer fulfil my role as chair and trustee,” he said.

He said he had taken the decision to step down from the voluntary role on the board with a “heavy heart”.

Barrister Remy Farrell SC had been appointed to conduct a review and evaluate the issues related to the recent serious matters at the charity.

The ICHH group was founded in 2013 and focuses on outreach programmes working with homeless people in Dublin’s inner city.

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