IRISH SWIMMING OFFICIAL ARRANGED SECRET ABORTION FOR GEORGE GIBNEY’S 1991 FLORIDA RAPE VICTIM — Sunday Times of London

Published October 18th, 2015, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick

“A former swimmer has told gardai that a high-ranking official in the sport took her to England for an abortion after George Gibney, the national coach, raped her in 1991.”

So begins today’s report in the Sunday Times of London by Justine McCarthy. The full article is subscribers-only. Pending our permission to reprint, here’s a summary:

  • This is the then-17-year-old swimmer whom Gibney raped in a Tampa, Florida, hotel room while on a training trip.
  • An unnamed Irish swimming official arranged to terminate the pregnancy by taking the woman to a London abortion clinic.
  • The victim’s parents told officials of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association (since reconstituted as Swim Ireland) about the rape at a May 1995 meeting in a Dublin hotel. In a later, second, meeting, the parents handed officials a written statement about the incident by their daughter.
  • The woman has had recent contact with the national police through the good offices of the Irish legislature’s Maureen O’Sullivan, who is seeking to get the director of public prosecutions to revisit criminal charges against Gibney.

Gibney has been living in the United States since 1995. I am litigating in federal court to force the Department of Homeland Security — which acknowledges that its U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has a 102-page Gibney file including numerous records from law enforcement agencies — to release documents showing, among other things, how he got here and how he has stayed here.

Chronological headline links to Concussion Inc.’s coverage of George Gibney are at http://concussioninc.net/?p=10205.