At One in Four we are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Mark Ryan.  Mark and his brother David came to national prominence when they took part in the RTE documentary “Blackrock Boys”. Their courage in revealing their experiences of sexual abuse while pupils at Blackrock College encouraged huge numbers of other men who had been abused in religious run schools to come forward, leading to a tsunami of allegations.  This resulted in Minister Norma Foley setting up a scoping exercise to determine the best form an Inquiry into the widespread sexual abuse of children in religious run schools should take.  A Report on this scoping exercise is due before Christmas.

Mark was also a powerful advocate and support person to other survivors, among whom his loss will be deeply felt.  His dignity, courage and articulate voice will be sadly missed.

We send our sincere condolences to his son, mother and brothers. 

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