An Irish woman who was raped by her father for over a decade, is pressing the State Prosecutor to bring charges against her mother.
Last month 72-year-old Patrick O’Brien was jailed for the sexual abuse of his daughter Fiona Doyle over a ten year period from 1973 to 1982.
There was public outcry after Judge Paul Carney initially allowed the 72-year-old to walk free on bail pending his appeal. Days later he reversed his decision and O’Brien began serving his sentence of 12 years in jail with nine suspended.
Now Doyle, a 47-year-old mother-of-five says she wants further action taken as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) announced it is to appeal the leniency of O’Brien’s sentence. Doyle first complained to authorities about the abuse 20-years-ago.
The accused abused his daughter on a weekly basis after she made her First Holy Communion at the age of 8. His wife Breda stood by him throughout the case and after he was jailed Doyle said that her parents wanted nothing to do with her.
When asked on RTE Radio One is was considering bringing her mother to court she said: : "Those doors are not closed yet. I'm hoping to do something."
“I have found the prospect of my father having to serve only 18 months, if that, of the three-year term that was imposed both upsetting and distressing,” Doyle said.
“I will now put my faith in the justice system once again in the hope that my father receives a sentence that better reflects the gravity of the crime,” she said.
It is not clear if charges could be brought against her mother. Reports suggest it would be difficult to bring charges against Breda O’Brien under reckless endangerment or failure to safeguard a child as the legislation is not retrospective.
"People in this country have shown that they want offenders, particularly in cases of prolonged sexual abuse, to receive sentences that are in keeping with the seriousness of the crime," Mrs Doyle said in a statement.
"Our children need to be protected and abusers need to know they will be held accountable and will be subjected to the full force of the law."