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March 2005 Archives

70pc of church fund used up for abuse cases in just two dioceses

Wednesday March 30th 2005 THE central fund set up by the Catholic bishops to compensate abuse victims and pay for child protection services may be radically restructured as concerns grow in the hierarchy that it is not working as...
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Will Ireland follow where the UK leads? The secret of Bryn Estyn

?Innocent lives have been destroyed, the public deceived, and millions of pounds wasted in a witch-hunt against innocent people- most of whom worked as (child) cares, and teachers or dedicated their lives to public service?. What am I talking...
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Nine dioceses yet to indicate sex abuse trust contributions

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 29/03/2005 Nine of Ireland's 26 Catholic dioceses have yet to indicate how much they contributed to the church's Stewardship Trust and how this money was raised. All nine are in the Republic and include...
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Who is to Pay?

Church asks rich to pay sex abuse bill Sunday March 20th 2005 MAEVE SHEEHAN THE Catholic hierarchy has discussed asking wealthy benefactors and priests of independent means to foot the estimated ?25m compensation bill for victims of child abuse....
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Alliance Committee Members

Committee Meetings The agreed scheduled meetings will take place in the various locations beginning on Monday the 21st March 2005 and will be from 7.30 each evening as agreed. Committee Members are asked to make sure that all those who...
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Broadcasting Complaints Commission

Complaint made by: Mr. Brother David Gibson, Ref. No. 96/03 Station: Programme: Date: RT? TV 1?States of Fear?29th July, 2003 Summary of Complaint: Brother Gibson's complaint under Section 24 (2)(a), impartiality, of the Broadcasting Act, 2001, relates to the repeat...
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Claimants over clerical sex abuse 'will rise'

Saturday March 19th 2005 THE NUMBER of people making compensation claims for clerical sexual abuse will rise, according to Colm O'Gorman, director of One in Four. The clerical abuse compensation insurance funds have just about run out, with ?5m...
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Supreme Court cuts sex abuse award by EUR250,000

Patsy McGarry 19/03/2005 A High Court jury award of ?600,000 to a woman who had been repeatedly abused as a teenager was reduced by a quarter of a million euro at the Supreme Court yesterday. The jury made the...
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'New options' must be found to help abuse victims heal

Friday March 18th 2005 NEW resources to compensate victims of clerical sex abuse need to be found, the Irish Bishops' Conference heard yesterday, because the bulk of a trust fund to meet such claims has already been spent. Over...
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The Truth about Goldenbridge

?Denials, memory loss, cover up and intimidation disgraced Goldenbridge Orphanage in the Ryan Commission today? states Florence Horsman Hogan of the ?Let Our Voices Emerge? charity. While Sr Helene O?Donoghue displayed Department of Education Inspection Reports ? about seven of...
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Mercy Sisters deny brutality claims

Sr Helena O'Donoghue: was shocked by claims Wednesday March 16th 2005 Nuns tell heated abuse inquiry that orphanage head was unfairly 'demonised' in documentary THE Mercy Sisters have said that while they accept abuses did take place at Goldenbridge...
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GOLDENBRIDGE HEARING

Abuse commission told nun 'vilified' Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 16/03/2005 Sr Xavieria Lally of the Goldenbridge industrial school in Dublin, had been "demonised and vilified" over the past decade, with this "accepted in the public domain as fact",...
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Vatican appoint archbishop to deal with The DaVinci Code

19:15 Tuesday March 15th 2005 An archbishop has been appointed to defend the Roman Catholic Church against claims made in the global bestselling novel, The DaVinci Code. The Dan Brown written book has sold over 18 million copies in...
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Sisters of Mercy do not accept abuse claims

15 March 2005 12:07 The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has heard that the Sisters of Mercy do not accept the serious allegations of mistreatment and abuse made by former residents of the Goldenbridge orphanage in Dublin. Provincial...
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GOLDENBRIDGE 15TH MARCH 2005

Goldenbridge Orphanage and the Ryan Commission 15,16th March In 1996 ? the documentary ?Dear Daughter? was broadcast. In it, it was claimed children from Goldenbridge Industrial School were subject to terror and cruelty that destroyed their lives. The Sister of...
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How America's Catholic Church crucified itself

How America's Catholic Church crucified itself 4,000 paedophile priests identified 80 churches closed down An archbishop forced to resign $800m paid in lawsuits 100,000 child victims estimated ? and thousands more still at risk The archbishop's summer residence was the...
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Suffering of falsely accused abuse cases

Sunday March 13th 2005 Sir - In the harrowing saga of abuse in Ireland's industrial school system, we should remember that there are two sets of victims. The first are those innocent men and women who as children were...
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Archdiocese pays ?2.5m to abuse fund

Friday March 11th 2005 THE Archdiocese of Dublin has confirmed it paid ?2.5m to date into the trust set up by the bishops to compensate clerical abuse victims and fund the Church's child protection service. It expects to pay...
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Church is warned on ?7.5m shortfall in damages fund

Friday March 11th 2005 THE final sum of ?7.5m owed by religious orders to the State under the redress board deal over child sex abuse is still outstanding, the Department of Education has confirmed. The Department has asked for...
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'Abuse has left a mark on each victim'

Wednesday March 9th 2005 Christopher Cosgrove had a duty of care to the children he had abused, the investigating Garda told the sentencing hearing at Sligo Circuit Court on Monday. Det. Garda Brennan said the abuse had left its...
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Stinging attack accuses Bishop of reneging on school promise

Thursday March 10th 2005 THE Bishop of Killaloe, Dr Willie Walsh, is facing one of the greatest challenges to his authority in his 10 years in office, following a blistering attack on his record by a school principal. At...
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Civil servants 'let religious off hook' on abuse payouts

Thursday March 10th 2005 THE State entered into the negotiations leading to the setting up of the child abuse compensation board based on a gross underestimate of what the scheme would cost, and without knowing what religious orders could...
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Ex-Brother jailed for 180 indecent assaults

Marese McDonagh 10/03/2005 A former Marist Brother and teacher, jailed yesterday for eight years for 180 counts of indecent assault on six schoolboys, was told by a judge that he and others like him had to be deterred. The...
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Brother gets three years for abuse of nephew

10/03/2005 A missionary brother who indecently assaulted his teenage nephew while on holiday has been given a three-year sentence by Judge Frank O'Donnell at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The victim became suicidal and his emotional development was stunted as...
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MARY RAFTERY AND SISTER STANISLAUS

Irish Times 22 December 1999 - SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN Sir - In relation to the recent controversy regarding whether or not Sister Stan knew about sexual abuse in Kilkenny in the late 1970s I would like to put...
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Church's Compensation Scheme expected to cost over ?800 million

Church's Compensation Scheme expected to cost over ?800 million 18:18 Wednesday March 9th 2005 The final cost of the Institutional Redress Scheme has been estimated to reach up to 828 million euro. A minimum of 128 million euro is expected...
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Former Marist Brother convicted of sex abuse in Sligo

Former Marist Brother convicted of sex abuse in Sligo 16:37 Wednesday March 9th 2005 A former Marist Brother who inflicted a reign of terror at a National School in Sligo between 1969 and 1977 has been sentenced to eight years...
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Abuse fund has charity status

Marie O'Halloran 09/03/2005 A Catholic Church fund which pays damages to abuse victims has had charity status since 1997, Minister for Finance Brian Cowen confirmed. He told Labour leader Pat Rabbitte in a written D?il reply yesterday that the...
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St Joseph's Kilkenny

Madam, - Mary Raftery's column of March 3rd is the latest example of her use of selective quotations and innuendo to portray the Sisters of Charity in the worst possible light. She cobbles together a selection of statements that imply...
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By Barry O'Kelly The state may face thousands of new lawsuits from victims of physical abuse in industrial schools because of findings in a record ?370,000 court settlement last week. This is according to a number of specialist lawyers who...
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R. Noctor -v- Ireland, The Attorney General & Others

Attached please find copies of pages 27 - 29 of the judgment of Mr. Justice Finnegan dated 1st March 2005. Regards. Assessment of the Evidence as to the Facts A conflict of evidence arises between the Plaintiff and the...
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SEXUAL ABUSE AT ST JOSEPH'S

Madam, - To imply, as Mary Raftery does (Opinion, March 3rd) that I knew or suspected that sexual abuse was taking place at St Joseph's, Kilkenny during the 1970s is wrong. I didn't know, and I didn't know anybody...
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97% of abuse in Ireland carried out by laity

Breda O'Brien 05/03/2005 Raymond Noctor was awarded ?370,000 in damages by the High Court, as a result of having been physically and sexually abused in an industrial school. There is now speculation that other residents of industrial schools who...
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Is this justice?

Friday March 4th 2005 Sir - I was moved to tears and utterly appalled by a recent article regarding a father sexually abusing and photographing sexually his adopted daughter since she was eight years old. He also forced his...
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Child abuse trial opens in France

03 March 2005 12:01 France's second highest-profile paedophile trial in as many months has opened in the western town of Angers. More than 60 people, a third of them women, are facing various charges of raping and sexually abusing...
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Piling insult upon injury

Mary Raftery 03/03/2005 As a display of hypocrisy in action on an extraordinary scale, certain events in Kilkenny over the past three decades are in a league of their own. During the 1970s, the town was the centre of...
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Critical redress scheme report delayed

Liam Reid 03/03/2005 The D?il Public Accounts Committee (Pac) has delayed publication of a detailed report on the State's redress scheme, to obtain legal advice on the significance of Tuesday's High Court case in which a victim of sexual...
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Press Release

Deafening Silence from the Media on Nun?s Exoneration The Let Our Voices Emerge Charity (L.O.V.E) demand the release of full and accurate details regarding the High Court award to Mr. Raymond Noctor for sexual and physical abuse in St. Joseph?s...
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CLEARED IN THE HIGH COURT

Religious Sister cleared in the High Courts today of deliberately shielding convicted paedophile. Sister Joseph Conception of St Joseph's Industrial School was recently accused by a former inmate of having knowledge that the boys in the home were being sexually...
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?370,000 award may see abuse victims bypass redress scheme

02/03/2005 Hundreds of sexual abuse victims are likely to bypass the Government's redress scheme to pursue their cases in the courts after the High Court awarded ?370,000 to a man who was abused at a Kilkenny industrial school, write...
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Man awarded ?370,000 over institutional abuse

01 March 2005 19:41 A man who was abused by a care worker in an institution in Kilkenny when he was a child was awarded ?370,000 damages in the High Court today. Raymond Noctor, 45, of Leinster Crescent, Dublin...
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Outrage at Suspended Sentence

Priest gets suspended term for abuse 01 March 2005 17:52 A former headmaster of the Dominican College in Newbridge, Fr Vincent Mercer, has been given a three-year suspended sentence for sexually abusing boys in his care. Fr Mercer, 58,...
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