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Mass uproar: priest gets garda protection

31/10/05 By Jimmy Gahan and Catherine Shanahan A PARISH priest was placed under garda protection following verbal assaults on him during Mass in a Co Wexford village. Members of the congregation were angry over revelations about the priest?s predecessor...
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Church ignored truth, says parish priest

Frank McNally, in Monageer, Co Wexford 31/10/2005 The institutional church has sometimes chosen "self-preservation" ahead of the principles of truth and justice, the parish priest of Monageer told his congregation yesterday. In his homily during Sunday Mass, Fr Bill Cosgrave...
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Comiskey now being unfairly scapegoated, says victim

Patsy McGarry 31/10/2005 One of the four men who spoke of his abuse by Fr Sean Fortune on the BBC's Suing the Pope programme, which led to the Ferns Inquiry, said yesterday that he believed Bishop Brendan Comiskey was being...
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Writer recalls time at Wexford college

31/10/2005 St Peter's College, the Wexford boarding school attached to the seminary at the centre of the Ferns report into clerical sex abuse, was "for its time a very liberal place", according to writer Colm T?ib?n. "The food was...
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REACTION TO FERNS REPORT

Madam, - Dr Mary C. King writes (October 27th) that in view of the content of the Ferns Report all Roman Catholic clerical members of school boards of management should resign and that no priest should accept office in...
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Court heard horrific detail of offending over three decades

Monday October 31st 2005 THE horrific reality of child sex abuse was outlined in graphic detail at the trial of paedophile Fr Martin Greaney who molested 30 children over a 30-year period. The curate, one of three priests of...
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New abuse timebomb

Monday October 31st 2005 Second diocese now faced withscandal even worse than Ferns A CHILD abuse timebomb is ticking away in another Catholic archdiocese. Allegations have been recorded against a shocking total of 27 priests who have served in...
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Triumph of evil taints church

Sunday October 30th 2005 ALL that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. What Edmund Burke said in the late 18th century is no less apposite today. Human nature has not changed. The...
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Bishop Eamonn Walsh is the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Ferns

The way abuse cases were dealt with was inexcusable Sunday October 30th 2005 THE country, and in particular the people and priests of the diocese of Ferns, have been stunned, shocked and sickened by the grossness and extent of...
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Bishops' loyalty still to church, not children

Sunday October 30th 2005 THE trail leads back to Archbishop Kevin McNamara. It was he who, in 1986, first decided it was time to act. Not to protectthe children, but to protecthis church. Back in the 1970s, expert opinion...
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White collar criminals

In the wake of the Ferns report the government has promised to pass new laws to protect children, but will the measures go far enough, asks Dearbhail McDonald When the silver Renault 25 reversed at breakneck speed on the...
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Allegations of abuse in Tuam revealed

30 October 2005 16:51 The Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, has revealed allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against 19 priests in the Archdiocese since 1940. Four priests were charged with criminal offences, three of whom were...
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Childhood sex abuse that still haunts me

Sunday October 30th 2005 QI'VE just finished reading some of the letters you get from people who are in need of a shoulder to cry on, or, in some cases, a guardian angel to save them. It's only as...
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Gardai failed to act when first told of abuse

Sunday October 30th 2005 JIM CUSACK GARDAI were told about suspicions that the Ferns priest Sean Fortune was abusing boys in his parish as early as 1983, but failed to act, it emerged yesterday. New Ross farmer Billy Moroney...
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DPP to probe Comiskey's role in abuse

Sunday October 30th 2005 MAEVE SHEEHAN THE Director of Public Prosecutions is to examine the Ferns Inquiry report with a view to instituting criminal proceedings against those who have abused children and also against those who may have withheld...
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Church is guilty of institutional criminality

The Sunday Times October 30, 2005 Comment: Brenda Power: Nobody who worked in the old Irish Press will forget Brendan Comiskey for one particularly pious and arrogant piece of grandstanding. The newspaper?s television reviewer had made a light-hearted comment about...
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Bishop quizzed over ?missing? abuse files

Dearbhail McDonald EAMON Walsh, the bishop of Ferns, was questioned last month by the inquiry into sexual abuse after it discovered certain files had not been forwarded by the diocese. The files contained allegations against five priests that could...
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Trying to pick up the pieces

Kathy Sheridan Fr John Sinnott shrugs wryly and repeats: "There were rumours. Only rumours." At 68, just back from a four-day retreat which coincided with the publication of the Ferns Report, he sits in the cluttered living room of the...
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Claim solicitors refused service

Patsy McGarry 29/10/2005 Three people who appeared the Residential Institutions Redress Board have claimed two solicitor firms in Dublin have refused them a service unless they first withdraw complaints about alleged overcharging. The three had complained to the Law...
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Free legal aid for victims of sex abuse examined

Joe Humphreys 29/10/2005 Minister for Justice Michael McDowell is examining proposals aimed at improving access to free legal aid for victims of sexual abuse. The Minister said his department was in discussions with the Legal Aid Board on the...
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CLERICAL CHILD SEX ABUSE: diocese by diocese

Achonry Three priests have had allegations of child sexual abuse made against them. None has been convicted of such offences. One is dead; the other two are retired and neither of them is involved in ministry in the diocese....
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Five dioceses have paid ?2m to victims

Saturday October 29th 2005 N excess of ?2m has been paid by five dioceses to 35 victims of child abuse in recent years, The Irish Independent has learned. Killaloe diocese has confirmed that it has paid out ?500,000 to...
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Second priest from Tuam steps aside amid claims

Saturday October 29th 2005 A SECOND priest accused of sexual assault in the diocese of Tuam has stepped down from duties. The priest - who is alleged to have assaulted the 17-year-old victim in the 70s - is believed...
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Bishop Comiskey threatened to rape me

Saturday October 29th 2005 DISGRACED Bishop Dr Brendan Comiskey threatened to rape an Irish Independent journalist. The menacing threat was made in the former Bishop of Ferns' house in Wexford during an interview with JustineMcCarthy. During the run-up to...
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Dublin abuse inquiry details in a fortnight

28 October 2005 19:39 The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Brian Lenihan, has said the Minister for Justice is to bring proposals for an inquiry into clerical abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese to Government...
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NORTHERN IRELAND

Fifteen priests have been accused of sex abuse in a 50-year period in the North's largest Catholic diocese, according to figures published today. Down and Connor released the statistics following a similar move by the Derry diocese in the wake...
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Kerry diocese pay-outs over abuse claims

28 October 2005 12:11 The Bishop of Kerry, Dr Bill Murphy, has revealed that the diocese has paid out more than ?250,000 in settlement of three cases where allegations of child sex abuse were made against priests. In a...
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By Declan Varley THE priest at the centre of a rape allegation in the archdiocese of Tuam is to step aside while an investigation is undertaken, the Archbishop of Tuam confirmed last evening. There was consternation yesterday when it...
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Public Hearings

The Investigation Committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse currently proposes to hold a public hearing in relation to St. Joseph's Industrial School, Kilkenny, on Tuesday 1 November, 2005. However, this date/time is subject to last minute change...
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Tuam priest suspended over allegations

27 October 2005 22:59 A Catholic priest in the archdiocese of Tuam has been suspended from his parish duties, following newspaper revelations he is being investigated by garda? for alleged rape. The Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, said...
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Bishop followed recommended measures for confronting priests

Bishop Comiskey acted in accordance with canon law when dealing with abusing priests, writes Carol Coulter Talking to an alleged abuser, strongly advising him on steps to deal with the problem, giving assurances of the bishop's willingness to provide...
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Commission of inquiry will be set up into clerical abuse

Michael O'Regan The Government will set up a commission of inquiry into clerical child sex abuse as part of its proposed national audit, T?naiste Mary Harney has said. She also said that proposals on the terms of reference for...
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Paedophile priests can avoid sanction under canon law, says church guide

Carol Coulter and Patsy McGarry Canon Law: A priest who abused children could escape sanction from the Catholic church if it believed he suffered from "paedophilia", according to the church's own authoritative guide on canon law. Instead of a "penal...
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Accused priest still in active ministry

Martin Wall A priest in the diocese of Down and Connor who is the subject of a continuing police investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse is still in ministry, it was confirmed last night. A spokesman for the...
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REACTION TO FERNS REPORT

It was right that Bishop Comiskey should have resigned - of that there is no doubt in the aftermath of the Ferns Report. However, one sensed that some in the Hierarchy were happy to see him sacrificed in the...
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Prelate belated in putting sex attack suspect off altar

ONE of Ireland's senior-ranking Catholic churchmen, Michael Neary, belatedly secured the agreement yesterday of a priest at the centre of a Garda investigation of a sexual assault against woman to step aside from his ministry. The Archbishop of Tuam's action...
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Misfortune of Fr Fortune

Sir - In the context of what happened in Wexford, it may be significant that Fr Sean Fortune ended his suicide note with "After my death, I know that I will be reunited with my father and mother in heaven"....
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Chaplains' prayers

Sir - We the executive of the School Chaplains' Association of Ireland wish to publicly acknowledge the dedicated service given to our Association by priests and religious in Ireland over many years. In the light of the Ferns Report...
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Mandatory reporting only will satisfy

SHOCKING ABUSE OF POWER AND PRIVILEGE...
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Church role in schools must end

All the talk is how do we ensure that it never happens again. Given the overall conclusions of the Murphy report on the Diocese of Ferns that two bishops (Herlihy and Comiskey) bad, and one bishop (incumbent ?amonn Walsh)...
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Ferns report: publication and availability

Liam Reid The Ferns report is the first official inquiry report in recent years that has not been made available in electronic format, and cannot be downloaded from the internet. On Tuesday the Government took a decision, based on legal...
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Child abuse: helplines

Details of helplines for those affected by clerical abuse: Comhar, the HSE adult counselling service for victims of childhood abuse, can be contacted by ringing freephone 1800 234 118. The Diocese of Ferns is sponsoring an extended emergency counselling...
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Dublin diocese paid ?5.5m to the victims of sex abuse

THE Catholic diocese of Dublin has so far paid out more than ?5.5m to 62 victims of clerical sex abuse. The figure includes legal costs. A total of 105 civil actions concerning 32 priests have been lodged with the...
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Child protection measures still not adequate, D?il told

The abuse of children such as that highlighted in Ferns could happen again because proper child protections systems are still not in place, the D?il was told today. Youth clubs, dance clubs, scouting groups, cannot avail of the vetting...
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Abuse probe will be expanded: Ahern

26 October 2005 12:04 The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has told the D?il that the planned inquiry into clerical sexual abuse in the Dublin diocese would be expanded to the rest of the country. Mr Ahern said the Government had...
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Ferns: A conspiracy of silence

26/10/05 By Paul O?Brien and Caroline O?Doherty ANYONE who fails to act when they believe children are at risk of sexual abuse will face criminal prosecution under laws to be introduced by the Government. The legislation is to be...
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The report's main points:

Wednesday October 26th 2005 * 100 complaints against 21 priests over a 40 year period; * Bishop Brendan Comiskey found negligent in dealing with abuse and failed to compel priests concerned to stand aside; * Bishop Donal Herlihy did not...
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Exposed: Appalling horror of Ferns abuse

Wednesday October 26th 2005 THE FULL horror of brutal clerical child abuse in the diocese of Ferns finally emerged last night. The shattering probe into the activities of pervert priests shows that the church lied, deceived, and covered up...
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Irish probe finds abuse cover-up in Catholic Church

Irish probe finds abuse cover-up in Catholic Church Tue Oct 25, 2005 6:30 PM BST Printer Friendly | Email Article | RSS By Paul Hoskins and Kevin Smith DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland covered up the...
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Abused children paid for seminary's failures

The Ferns Inquiry has cast a dark shadow over the seminary which produced almost all of the priests involved in cases of child sexual abuse in the diocese. The inquiry found that in one random five-year period, St Peter?s...
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Ferns Report highlights 100 cases

25 October 2005 17:04 The report of the Ferns Inquiry says that it identified over 100 allegations of child sexual abuse, made between 1962 and 2002, against 21 priests. Six of the priests had died before any allegations of...
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Anxious wait for victims, priests and people of Wexford

Carl O'Brien in Wexford The people of the Wexford diocese of Ferns are bracing themselves for the publication of the report into clerical sex abuse, which is expected to outline disturbing details of allegations of clerical sex abuse stretching back...
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Legal concerns as Ferns sex abuse report to be published

The Cabinet is to discuss the Ferns inquiry report this morning amid legal concerns over how it might be published. Liam Reid and Patsy McGarry report The T?naiste confirmed the report would go to Cabinet this morning and said she...
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New abuse inquiry to follow report on Ferns

Tuesday October 25th 2005 AN INQUIRY into sex abuse by at least 60 Catholic clerics in the Dublin diocese is expected to follow hard on the heels of the report on abuse in the diocese of Ferns, due out today....
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Prayers said in Ferns in advance of report

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 24/10/2005 Prayers were offered at Masses throughout Ferns diocese over the weekend in anticipation of a report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations there, which is expected to be published tomorrow....
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Senior Ferns priests call for bishop to stand down

Dearbhail McDonald SOME senior priests have called for the removal of Eamon Walsh, the Bishop of Ferns, ahead of the publication of a devastating report into clerical sex abuse in the diocese this week. The priests, speaking on condition...
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Bishop built wall of silence against howls of abused children

REVELATION: Journalist Veronica Guerin, who revealed that Bishop Brendan Comiskey knew about the activities of Fr Sean Fortune. Right, Bishop Comiskey with Fr Fortune in Co Wexford in 1985. Main photo: PJ Browne Sunday October 23rd 2005 IN SPRING...
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Ferns report details Garda complicity in sex abuse whitewash

PERVERT PRIEST: Fr Sean Fortune at Wexford court in March 1999, where he was charged with indecent assault. Photo: PJ Browne Sunday October 23rd 2005 JIM CUSACK DETAILS of how a senior garda destroyed interview notes from children sexually...
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LOVE challenge Christine Buckleys

LOVE challenge Christine Buckleys (Dear Daughter) Right to Influence NOVA Policy in Excluding certain Survivors. She has demanded credibility...not earned it'. (N.O.V.A -state funded National Office FOR VICTIMS of Abuse) Ms Christine Buckly demanded that NOVA bar anyone Aislinn have...
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Dempsey 'told two years ago' of solicitors' overcharging

21/10/2005 - 11:47:11 AM It has emerged that the former Minister for Education Noel Dempsey was told two years ago that some solicitors were overcharging victims of institutional abuse. A spokesperson for abuse survivors in Britain says he met...
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Master of High Court calls for reform of legal complaints system

Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Correspondent 21/10/2005 The Master of the High Court has called for changes in the system for dealing with complaints against solicitors. Speaking on RT? radio yesterday, senior counsel Edmund Honohan said some lawyers seemed to...
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Dempsey 'knew of overcharging'

Angry abuse victims complained to minister in 2003, but say that he took no action MINISTER Noel Dempsey was warned solicitors were overcharging abuse victims over two years ago - but nothing was done, it was claimed last night. The...
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Law Society to root out, eradicate double billing

Irish Independent THE Law Society vowed last night to "root out and eradicate" the practice of double charging clients. But while the society's president Owen Binchy admitted it had been "a very bad" week for members, he also told new...
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Solicitors? fees - Time to rein in greedy lawyers

ATTITUDES towards the legal profession will undoubtedly be coloured by the outcome of the Law Society?s investigation into double charging of clients by solicitors which begins today. There can be no doubt a jaundiced public will welcome the scathing remarks...
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Overcharging scandal is disgusting, says legal chief

20/10/05 By John Breslin THE State?s most senior courts official last night launched a scathing attack on some members of the legal profession, claiming the mood for seismic change was now unstoppable in the wake of the overcharging scandal....
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Law Society defends 'charges' stance

Joe Humphreys 20/10/2005 The Law Society has rejected suggestions by the Residential Institutions Redress Board that it has reacted in an "ad-hoc" fashion to the controversy over the double-charging of victims of abuse. In a strongly-worded letter sent to...
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Ferns report to blame celibacy for child abuse scandal

Thursday October 20th 2005 AN INABILITY by some priests to lead a celibate life will be linked to the Ferns child sex abuse cover-up scandal. The Irish Independent has learned that the Ferns Report on abuse in the diocese...
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Abuse survivors? group demands double-charging prosecutions

By Dan Buckley SOLICITORS who inappropriately charged clients for work on abuse cases should be prosecuted, according to a British-based institutional survivors group. Banks that facilitated the notorious double-charging of clients should also face the full force of the...
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We must deal openly and honestly with grim truth about to face us

By R?n?n Mullen TRUTH will out. Soon we will know the contents of Judge Frank Murphy's report into sex abuse in the diocese of Ferns. It will be a very difficult time and a critical moment in the discussion...
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Solicitor overcharging - Growing clamour for prosecutions

19/10/05 WHEN leading members of the Law Society gather tomorrow to investigate complaints against solicitors, a growing clamour for prosecutions to be brought against the culprits will be ringing in their ears. Following the scandal of double charging for work...
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Law body criticised on fees response

Liam Reid, Political Reporter The Residential Institutions Redress Board has criticised the approach of the Law Society to dealing with the issue of alleged double charging of victims of child abuse and neglect in children's homes, and accused it...
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New laws to block lawyers exploiting victims of abuse

Wednesday October 19th 2005 THE Government may introduce legislation to prevent exploitation of abuse victims by the legal profession who have kept part of the money awarded to them. Correspondence between Attorney General Rory Brady and bodies representing solicitors...
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Letter issued to the Law Society of Ireland 18th October 2005

Tuesday, 18th October 2005 Mr. Ken Murphy, Director General, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. Dear Mr. Murphy, Thank you for your letter of the 17th instant. I am directed by the Board to reply as follows....
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Extra legal charges

The Law Society says it will conduct a speedy inquiry into allegations that some solicitors have double charged victims of institutional child abuse. It is seeking the assistance of the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) in identifying solicitors who...
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Time to stop those lawyer jokes

Tuesday October 18th 2005 WE LAWYERS are never the most popular people at the best of times - everyone knows the jokes comparing us to sharks and other unpleasant creatures. But last week's allegations of double-charging by some solicitors will...
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'Rip-off solicitors' to appear before complaints committee

Tuesday October 18th 2005 SOLICITORS accused of ripping off abuse victims have been summoned to appear before the Law Society's complaints committee. The society yesterday sent out letters by fax to some 30 solicitors in a small number of law...
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Law Society seeks help on complaints

Joe Humphreys 17/10/2005 The Residential Institution Redress Board is being urged to help legal regulators identify solicitors who inappropriately charged clients for work on abuse cases. The Law Society, which announced an inquiry into solicitors' charging practices last week,...
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EXCLUSIVE

Top lawyer contests abuse victim's overcharging claim Sunday October 16th 2005 THIS is the only solicitor in Ireland who is the subject of a "live complaint" to the Law Society of Ireland for wrongly charging a victim of institutional...
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Why do lawyers pile more harm on abuse victims?

Liam Fay: The lawyers want us all to calm down. They deplore the rush to judgment, the atmosphere of hysteria created by a reckless media. They haven?t said it yet, but what m?learned friends really object to is the mood...
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The Bishop: Church keeps mum over disgraced prelate

Saturday October 15th 2005 THE CATHOLIC Church is evading media questions about the current whereabouts of Dr Brendan Comiskey, who resigned as Bishop of Ferns in April 2002 after a BBC documentary on Fr Sean Fortune. Inquiries to the...
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Vatican in sex abuse cover-up

Saturday October 15th 2005 THE VATICAN was aware of a dark catalogue of child sex abuse in Ferns for nearly 40 years. The searing revelation that the highest levels in Rome knew of the litany of shame will rock the...
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Limerick law firm admits overcharging clients

14 October 2005 20:47 A firm of solicitors in Limerick, McMahon O'Brien and Downes, has admitted overcharging some of the clients it represented at the Residential Institutions Redress Board. A representative of the firm said it would be refunding...
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RAPE CRISIS CENTRE, EDDIE HERNON and NORA WALL

SUSAN McKAY has recently published "Without Fear" a book on the first 25 years of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC). According to its own write up, the book "details the shameful scandals of high-profile rape cases in the...
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Solicitors may be forced to hand back thousands

By John Breslin SOLICITORS could be forced to hand back money to thousands of clients who may have been overcharged following personal injury and other cases in the last 10 years. As the Law Society confronts numerous allegations that...
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Law Society warned about charge abuse by office of AG

Friday October 14th 2005 THE Government wrote to lawyers' groups a week ago complaining about the rip-off of abuse victims. The letter from the Attorney General was the latest in a line of warnings to the Law Society about...
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Diocese 'ready' for child abuse report

Friday October 14th 2005 FERNS diocese has hit back at priests who claim it is not prepared for the fallout from an explosive inquiry into child abuse. The priests are concerned there is no plan in place to respond to...
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Lawyers condemn double-fee claims

Joe Humphreys Mark Brennock 14/10/2005 The Bar Council has joined the Law Society in condemning the alleged practice among some lawyers of double-charging clients in residential institutional abuse cases. A spokeswoman for the council, which represents barristers, said it...
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Law Society to meet on fees by solicitors

By Joe Humphreys 13/10/2005 Complaints committee to investigate allegations of double-charging of victims of institutional abuse The complaints committee of the Law Society is to convene a special meeting this afternoon to consider claims that some solicitors double-charged for...
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14 Irish priests in LA files on abuse allegations

Denis Staunton in Washington 13/10/2005 The US: Fourteen Irish priests are among 126 whose personnel records the archdiocese of Los Angeles has released in connection with sex abuse allegations. The files show the church offered therapy to many priests...
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Information on Solicitors

Subject: Information on Solicitors and the R.I.R.B From: Florence Horsman-Hogan Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 09:40:25 +0100 To: info@voicesemerge.com The Let Our Voices Emerge (L.O.V.E) charity had already reported unscrupulous solicitors cashing in on the Residential Redress Board scheme to...
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College hit by staff crisis as second head walks out

College hit by staff crisis as second head walks out Marino College, senior staff members have quit Wednesday October 12th 2005 TO lose one college head is unfortunate but to lose two and a couple of senior staff within...
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BANNED FROM ULTIMATE DISPOSAL?

It's as plain as day now that Shammrock's banning from Ultimate Disposal, his ultimate disposal so to speak, is because he had the cheek to defend his good name. These attacks on him began when he decided to show support...
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Former inmates of schools accuse each other of abuse

Tuesday October 11th 2005 FORMER residents of Church-run industrial schools are starting to turn on one another in order to gain compensation from the Redress Board, it has been claimed. Let Our Voices Emerge, which represents individuals falsely accused...
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Rape victim says she intends to sue nuns and the State

Irish Independent June 14th 1999 [This article explains a lot about the motivation behind the allegations against Nora Wall - and not only the financial ones. "Anti-Christ" started off as an ANTI-SEMITIC term of abuse] THE victim of a...
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Delivery of Ferns report imminent

By Patsy McGarry 10/10/2005 The much-anticipated report of the Ferns inquiry into the handling of clerical sex abuse allegations in that diocese is not expected to be delivered to the Department of Health until the end of this week....
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Doctors in revolt over the effect of Catholic 'ethics'

By Dearbhail McDonald and Jan Battles Should a hospital be allowed to boycott cancer drug trials over contraception, ask our correspondents Janette Byrne almost choked on her cornflakes. Reading her newspaper over breakfast last Monday, she spied a story...
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'If you're wrong . . . the church will destroy The Irish Times

08/10/2005 The years when Conor Brady edited The Irish Times, from 1986 to 2002, saw huge change in Irish cultural and political life, with major upheavals in the Catholic Church. In the first of two extracts from his new...
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Celibacy 'turning priesthood gay'

Friday October 7th 2005 Heterosexual men put off taking the vow, claims new book by outspoken cleric COMPULSORY celibacy could be turning the priesthood into an increasingly gay profession, it has been claimed. The rule may be discouraging heterosexual men...
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Spotlight on darker side of the Catholic Church

EVERY Wednesday I look forward to reading R?n?n Mullen?s latest attempt at justifying the Catholic Church. I often wonder if he is capable of criticising his Church, or does his faith blind him to reality. He related a story...
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"Cancer Trials Delayed by Contraceptive Objections"

Editor Sunday Business Post cc Geraldine Kennedy, Irish Times Cathal Goan, RTE Mary Raftery I'm pleased to see that the Sunday Business Post has brought to light another scandal in the Catholic Church - and just in time for the...
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OLIVE BRAIDEN, NORA WALL and the RAPE CRISIS CENTRE

Life for the nun who raped a child, Irish Independent, 24 July 1999 (Extract) Welcoming the imposition of a maximum sentence, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre director Olive Braiden said it would ensure Nora Wall would be monitored for the...
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Rome annuls defrocking of cleric alleged to have abused man

Tuesday October 4th 2005 A DECISION of an Irish Catholic Church court to defrock a priest because of an allegation of child abuse has been overturned by a court at the Vatican. The civil authorities here had already decided...
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SUICIDE OF SURVIVORS

by Mary Kenny, Irish Catholic, 5 May 2005 It is reported that survivors of institutional abuse are increasingly taking their own lives because they are being ?pushed around? between the Redress Board and the National Office for Victims of...
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Victims urge tough action against false sex abuse claims

A GROUP representing victims of clerical abuse has said it accepts that false abuse claims are being made "against some members of religious orders", and has called on congregations to "take strong action" against those making such claims. The...
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Trauma of Irish women used for sex acts by priests

Sunday October 2nd 2005 JEROME REILLY A LEADING campaigner on sexual abuse of adult women by the clergy says she has been contacted by ten women from the Republic including a nun who were sexually exploited by their priests....
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Belfast school apologises over abuse cases

01 October 2005 08:42 A school in Belfast has formally apologised for the way it reacted to cases of sexual abuse at its boarding school. A number of pupils at Cabin preparatory school were abused by an older boy in...
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