Yesterday Mick Power was quoted in this article by Sarah Macdonald:
Mick and Paula Power
Last month he had given personal testimony concerning the activities he observed before he left.
We are here publishing his response to Fr McGinnity’s fraudulent claims made in his interview with the Irish Independent.
So troubles was he that Mick Power who buried his mother only over a week ago and is currently in England send us this response.
We note his eye witness testimony corroborates the book written by Jim Gallagher and which has been in the public domain since 2009.
First of all can I extend my congratulations to Sarah on this very well written and balanced report on the HofP. As I am in the UK with my brother and sister as we are still grieving the loss of our beloved and darling Mum, I managed to get hold of the Indo just an hour ago and Wow, Two whole pages and brilliantly executed. Mick Power here. I know that some of you think that McGinnity has got a soft ride but let me tell you all that he has shot himself in the foot with his lies. Firstly I will deal with his statement that CG had a heart attack due to stress. This was a statement issued by the HofP in 1998 when she decided to close the HofP following the recommendations of Archbishop Neary which would have integrated the HofP into the parish of Achill and all donations willed or otherwise would be under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Tuam. (The impression the current interview gives is that this is a current condition.)
Needless to say she was furious at this outcome. I was present that day when she ordered Fr McGinnity to remove the Blessed Sacrament from the chapel. This of course automatically turned the HofP into a private organisation. We were led to believe in an indirect way that Bishop Neary was to blame for the closure of the HofP. To put this in context this was the 16th of July 1998, people were crying and so deeply upset with her announcement of the closure. A few weeks later we heard that CG had a heart attack due to stress. I spoke to her daughter Mary out of concern and asked what hospital she was in as we were going to send her some flowers. She turned white and after awhile told us that it was a false alarm and that her mother was advised to take a holiday on medical advice.
As I discovered later and some years on when I spoke to an elderly lady called Peggy from Belfast who was at the time Christina’s best friend explained that very same summer of 1998, when she was supposed to be recuperating from her heart attack she was in fact in Southern England and as Peggy related to me she picked up with this guy called Chawkie with whom she had an illicit affair. Peggy described to me how CG would dress up in a sexy leotard and as she was so much older and at this stage horrified by CG’s behaviour that she felt the need to tell Fr McGinnity. She already had experience of Christina’s behaviour in her house in Newport, Co Mayo which she described as gaudy and tacky but no money spared, i.e. Jacuzzis, massive bedrooms walk in wardrobes full of designer clothes and how she watched Christina counting the cash and getting such pleasure from it. She also recalled how she was present when a four poster bed from Harrods in London was delivered to the house in Newport. When she told Fr McGinnity about CG and Chawkie and their bedroom frolics he just told her that we need to pray for Christina and that she is only human. Peggy was so disgusted and in fact was severely affected by his reaction, as she adored Fr McGinnity. She told me she was in danger of loosing her faith.
So this is the truth regarding her famous heart attack. She never had a heart attack as she was never admitted to any hospital here in Ireland. That I checked out and is the truth…..
The next issue in relation to Sarah’s interview with McGinnity is his denial of the Texas message. What crap! I was present when he read this out and it is on the record and I am sure can be located in the recorded messages by CG. There were many people present on that day and many such as myself became very uneasy at this message and came to the realisation that this was the biggest scam ever. Of course the money was paid up out of fear and Texas is still standing.
Next I will address McGinnity’s support of Christina’s multi million property portfolio. This notion that she had been guided by Our Lady to seek refuge from the media is pure nonsense. CG was living in her mansion in Malahide for at least two years before it was discovered by the SW. I remember so well when McGinnity went on the Joe Duffy show and denied that Christina was the owner of any property in Dublin. What a liar is this guy? However, he is clever and not to be underestimated.
His next assertion that many young people have been converted through their contact with CG and the HOP. Well all I can say to that is that I never saw anybody under the age of forty with the exception of myself and Paula.
We note that Mick is referring to the period ending in 1998.
I shall leave now as I think I have addressed the issues…..Sarah…Wonderful job….I know that you may have received some criticism in relation to the McGinnity interview but it is actually brilliant and a big Thank You….Mick
Mick Power has confirmed to the Director of Dialogue Ireland that in the event of case for defamation he will confront her in open court as well as McGinnity
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