Connect counselling available for those impacted by focus on Brendan Smyth abuse

Connect is available this week to provide free telephone-based counselling to anyone impacted by the focus of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry in Northern Ireland on the high volume of child abuse crimes committed by Brendan Smyth.

Connect provides professional telephone based counselling and support to survivors of abuse at freephone 1800 477 477 from the Republic of Ireland and 00800 477 477 77 from Northern Ireland and the UK.

Its opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 6-10pm. However, due to the expected focus of the Inquiry on Brendan Smyth this week, Connect will also open this evening (Monday) and tomorrow evening (Tuesday) from 6-10pm.

Connect Manager Theresa Merrigan said: “Times of public focus on abuse, neglect and trauma often bring back to the surface intense feelings of distress and upset for people who have been affected. Connect is a professional service to support these people.”

Connect is funded by the HSE.

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.