Nora Wall

Nora Wall

Nora Wall (born 1948) is a former Irish nun of the Sisters of Mercy who was wrongfully convicted of rape in June 1999, and served four days of a life sentence in July 1999, before her conviction was quashed. She was officially declared the victim of a miscarriage of justice in December 2005. The wrongful conviction was based on false allegations by two women in their 20s, Regina Walsh (born 8 January 1978) and Patricia Phelan (born 1973).
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    FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 57
    An Irish Times editorial on 17 December 2005 entitled "Nora Wall" stated that: The charges were laid at a time when allegations of the abuse of children in institutions had entered the public domain.
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    Carol Coulter, legal affairs correspondent for the Irish Times wrote on 1 December 2005 that "case took place at a time of heightened sensitivity to the problem of the sexual abuse of children in institutions, especially those run by religious orders.
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    The December 2005 judgement of the Court of Criminal Appeal underlined these links when the judges pointed out that "the police officer who had taken Phelan's statement in respect of Nora Wall was the same police officer who investigated the earlier false complaints made by her against her uncle and against the Kilkenny man."
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    On 1 December 2005 the Court of Criminal Appeal finally certified that Wall had been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
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    On 1 December 2005, the Court of Criminal Appeal in Ireland certified that Wall had been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
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    She was officially declared the victim of a miscarriage of justice in December 2005.
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  • 2003
    Age 55
    His remains were kept in the mortuary of the Mater until the family could travel. His mother and his stepfather attended the funeral in the Franciscan Church in Merchant's Quay, Dublin on 14 January 2003.
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  • 2000
    Age 52
    The focus on the States of Fear programmes may explain why - apart from news reports on trial days - RTÉ's coverage of the scandal was confined to a 30-minute programme in the Would You Believe series on 11 January 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 51
    In the book Suffer the Little Children published in November 1999 as a follow up to her TV series, Mary Raftery and her co-author Eoin O'Sullivan wrote: Dear Daughter concerned the experiences at Goldenbridge Industrial School, Dublin of Christine Buckley, who grew up there during the 1950s.
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    When details of the DPP's report on the blunders in the Nora Wall case were released by the Attorney General's office on 17 November 1999, there were no references to the documentation linking the Chief State Solicitor's Office to both cases.
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    The Court of Criminal Appeal on 22 November 1999 the DPP accepted "fully and ungrudgingly" that former nun Wall and McCabe are entitled to be presumed innocent of all charges brought against them.
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    On 23 July 1999 Wall and McCabe came before Judge Paul Carney for sentencing in the Central Criminal Court.
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    Nora Wall and Pablo McCabe were convicted on 10 June 1999; Regina Walsh gave her famous interview to The Star on 17 June including her allegation about being raped in London; the Kilkenny businessman recognised the name of Patricia Phelan and contacted the defence but still the DPP remained in ignorance of the facts.
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    On 21 November 1999, Liz Allen, crime correspondent for the Sunday Independent wrote that the Chief State Solicitor's Office which dealt with the Nora Wall, case also dealt with a previous case involving a sexual assault allegation by Patricia Phelan, the woman who was later mistakenly called as a witness against Nora Wall.
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    After the Nora Wall case however, Mr Justice Carney struck some rather different notes. In 1999, Carney told a seminar in South Africa that some alleged victims of rape might be pressured into continuing with complaints they were reluctant to pursue. "Such pressure could come from parents, boyfriends, policemen, prosecutors, rape crisis centres and victim support counsellors," he said. "I have no way of knowing whether such pressure exists, but I would be very concerned if it does, particularly in relation to those cases which can be profiled as unlikely to result in a conviction." In April 2003, at a Women Lawyers' Association conference, Carney dismissed the claim of the director of the Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) that there was no such thing as a false sexual charge. "This is not the experience of the courts," he said. "In relation to the balance of rape cases which are contested, there is a majority of acquittals."
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    On 27 July 1999, Nora Wall brought a bail application before the Court of Criminal Appeal, at which point senior counsel on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) conveyed to that court the DPPs consent to the granting of leave to appeal, and further consented that the appeal be allowed and that a retrial be directed.
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    On 23 July 1999, she was sentenced by the Central Criminal Court to imprisonment for life for the offence of rape and to 5 years imprisonment for indecent assault.
    On 10 June 1999, Nora Wall was convicted by the Central Criminal Court of rape contrary to common law and of indecent assault contrary to common law as punishable by s.10 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act, 1981.
    In fact, neither McCabe’s nor Wall’s defence teams received notification of this second charge until 28 May 1999, only six days before hearings began, and two years after they were initially charged.
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 49
    The Sunday Independent obtained documentation dated May 1997, which shows that the Chief State Solicitor's Office wrote to the solicitor for the Kilkenny businessman in the case taken on behalf of Ms Phelan, providing a list of witnesses who had made statements which the state intended to use in its case.
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    In May 1997 she was formally charged.
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  • 1996
    Age 48
    On 5 November 1996, she "corrected" her statement to state that it was not the day of her 12th birthday, but of the celebration of her 12th birthday some days before or after that date, that the alleged assault took place.
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    In October 1996, she was arrested in Dublin and questioned about allegations made by Regina Walsh, whom she had cared for from the age of eight.
    In 1996, she worked in a St. Vincent de Paul shelter for homeless men.
    In February 1996 RTÉ broadcast "Dear Daughter" - Louis Lentin's TV documentary about alleged abuse in St Vincent’s residential school, Goldenbridge, Dublin which was run by the Sisters of Mercy.
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  • 1990
    Age 42
    The second major charge against the two accused was that they had raped Regina Walsh in on 8 January 1990 on the girl's 12th birthday.
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    At the trial a Garda claimed that he did not know that McCabe suffered from schizophrenia, and said that he didn’t see what difference knowing whether he did or not would have made. McCabe made a further statement, concerning the night of Regina Walsh's 12th birthday party on the 8th of January 1990. The alleged rape on 8 January 1990 was the only charge on which McCabe was questioned.
    Walsh alleged that McCabe had raped her, while Wall held her legs, on the occasion of her twelfth birthday on the 8th of January 1990.
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    Wall left St. Michael's in 1990, and left the congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in 1994.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 39
    Like Nora Wall, he was never questioned on the second allegation that he had also raped Regina Walsh two years previously in 1987 or 1988, again with Wall present.
  • 1978
    Age 30
    She became the manager of this new St. Michael's in 1978.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 27
    She joined St. Michael's residential childcare centre in Cappoquin, County Waterford in 1975.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    She joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1967, taking the name Sister Dominic.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Wall was born in 1948 into a large well-to-do farming family in the Nire Valley area of county Waterford.
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