A top Dublin GAA club has distanced itself from the prominent sports journalist at the centre of underage sex allegations.
Officials at the famed St Vincent’s club on Dublin’s Northside have issued a statement after a complaint of statutory rape was made against the journalist who previously mentored one of its underage camogie teams. Camogie is the female version of Irish hurling.
According to the Irish Independent, management at the club will meet with Irish police on Monday to discuss the well publicized case.
Their meeting comes just 24 hours after the Sunday World named respected writer Tom Humphries as the journalist in question.
The paper reports that police have already interviewed the girl who has made the complaint against the journalist are waiting to interview the accused, currently under medical supervision.
The teenager is not a member of the St Vincent’s club and the accused’s membership lapsed at the end of last year.
The statement from the club said it: “Notes with grave concern the media coverage of the allegations.
“The person named in recent reports is not a mentor in any capacity in St Vincent’s club.
“Over the past week, we have been in touch with the authorities, who have confirmed to us that no complaint in this matter has been received from within this club.
“We have been advised that the authorities may wish to speak with the club as part of their investigations and we will be assisting them in doing so while respecting also the rights and needs of the members.”
The story came to light after a daughter of the accused found text messages sent to the girl on an old mobile phone.
The St Vincent’s statement also said that it took the welfare of its members ‘very seriously’ and had always applied the GAA code of conduct for children’s welfare.
All coaches and mentors in its under-age section have to pass complete police vetting.
“There is not now and never will be a place for any risk to any child in St Vincent’s,” said the statement.
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