Brave abuse survivor Fiona Doyle says her rapist dad's impending death is 'freedom'

Brave abuse survivor Fiona Doyle last night forgave her seriously ill father and said his death will give her “freedom”.

The Dubliner spoke out after prison authorities confirmed her evil dad is in the intensive care unit at the capital's Mater Hospital.

Patrick O’Brien was taken from jail to the facility as his condition deteriorated and Fiona believes he may have just days to live.

The 77-year-old was convicted of abusing his daughter repeatedly over a decade and is serving a nine-year sentence.

In a startling admission, Irish Mirror Pride of Ireland winner Fiona said she will be free from the trauma of her abuse when he dies.

The survivor, who lives in Gorey, Co Wexford, added: “I want to see the end of this – it is a whole new factor for me. It is freedom.

“The amount of counselling I got has helped me through it.

“The important thing is my children and my dad is not important to me.

“I am going to be honest about it and tell other abuse victims how I feel so they will have some idea of how to look after themselves.

“Life after justice is always much better than the battle trying to bury it.”

Fiona is now considering whether to visit her father before he dies and tell him she has moved on.

She added: “I suppose, if I went to see him, I think my first words would be that I forgive him.

“I don’t hate him.

“People don’t get it but I refuse to hate and I refuse to be callous.

“That will only brew sickness and hurt. I had enough of that in my life and it is time to move on.”

Fiona’s ordeal began the night before she made her First Communion in 1973 and continued for years.

Her mother Bridget, 69, who let her husband wage a rape campaign against their child, died of lung cancer in February – seven months after she was arrested and quizzed about O’Brien’s reign of terror.

The courageous campaigner and author claimed Michael Cowap, her uncle, repeatedly raped her over a five-year period between the late 1970s and 1980s.

He died shortly after gardai arrested him.

Fiona said her father passing away will close the book on her abuse ordeal.

She explained: “When he dies it will be the end for me – he is the last of the monsters.

“He is the last alive. He will be the last to die. That will be closure for me.

“When he dies I don’t have to worry about him getting released and running into him.

“I don’t have to face his release date. It’s a big relief his death is coming and it will be a big relief.

“I’d like to go to the funeral and have that, it was taken from me from my mother and the other uncle, the other rapist that was in my life.”

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