AN Enniskillen councillor has requested a recall of the Police and Community Safety Partnership to discuss the growing number of historical sex abuse claims in Fermanagh.

Donal Ó Cófaigh, Cross Community Labour Alternative, has requested that the group which holds the Police Service of Northern Ireland to account meets earlier than scheduled.

It follows a long-running investigation by The Impartial Reporter into allegations of child sex abuse.

In a statement, Councillor Ó Cófaigh said: “In light of the gravity and growing number of revelations involving allegations of serious child sex abuse, including the latest reports of abuse by an ex-policeman of a child of ten, I have written to request if the Police and Community Safety Partnership meeting which was set for the end of the month be expedited.”

The councillor says he is “receiving numerous calls” from concerned members of the public whom he claims “are asking why these have not been pursued effectively by the police previously and why it has taken a local investigative journalist to bring the scale of this alleged abuse to light.”

“There must be accountability for the way in which these issues have been handled in the past by the police and all other agencies.

“I have also written to request that the PSNI be asked to provide a briefing on their response to these serious allegations as an agenda point for consideration by the incoming PCSP. We cannot fail to act upon serious allegations relating to the widespread abuse of young people,” he said.