The initial examination on the body of William Delaney, the thirteen year old who was exhumed as part of an investigation into alleged physical and sexual abuse at Letterfrack Reformatory School in Connemara, has been completed. William died in 1970 and his body has now been re-interred at Saint Kieran's cemetery. It is believed the results will be available to Gardaí in the next few days. Letterfrack industrial school was established in 1884 as a centre for young offenders said to be in need of correction. It also catered for boys from broken homes. It was run by the Christian Brothers.
Some 135 former pupils of the school have made allegations of physical and sexual abuse against the Brothers and a number of lay members of staff. Some of those who claim they were abused are now living in Britain, the US and Germany and Gardaí say that prosecutions are being considered in relation to 15 people who worked at the school.
William Delaney spent three years at Letterfrack between 1967 and 1970. He had been sent to the school by court order at the age of ten and he died at home in Kilkenny shortly after being allowed out of Letterfrack for a summer holiday in 1970.