The Police Service of Northern Ireland has announced it has begun an investigation into historical sexual abuse cases in Fermanagh.

The significant move follows weeks of interviews in this newspaper with victims of sex abuse cases.

In a statement released today (Friday) Head of Public Protection Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman said: “One of the roles of Public Protection Branch is to investigate historical child sexual abuse.

“Following recent reports we have started an investigation into historical cases in the Fermanagh area.

“We are taking this very seriously and I have appointed a team of specialist child abuse detectives and officers to work on this.

“Currently we are reviewing evidence and speaking to victims and this will take time. We will take that time.

“As head of Public Protection Branch, I, and detectives working alongside me, are committed to supporting victims and ensuring we thoroughly investigate these reports of historical sexual abuse whether in Fermanagh or other parts of Northern Ireland.

“I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for someone to report historical sexual abuse.

“If you are a victim of sexual abuse please don’t suffer in silence, come and speak to us. You will be treated sensitively and with the utmost care and respect by specially trained detectives who will ensure you get the support you need. Or if you know anything about these offences come and speak to us too.

“You don’t have to come to a police station. You can also report  directly to the police on 101 or through a dedicated email address at and we will arrange to meet you at a time and place that best suits you."

Nexus NI offers counselling and support.  For further information visit or to make an appointment contact the Enniskillen office on 028 66 32 0046.

If you feel strong enough to share your story or information about sex abuse in Fermanagh e-mail or phone 028 66 32 44 22. Do you have information relating to the litany of abuse carried out by men and women in Fermanagh? All conversations or correspondence will be treated in the strictest of confidence.