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April 2006 Archives

A calculated risk, or throwing it all away?

Sunday April 30th 2006 I SPENT childhood in an isolated cottage on the Grand Canal not far from the notorious industrial school in Daingean, Co Offaly. Instinctively, runaway boys would keep to the canal, not the road, to avoid...
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Survivors: a credit to healing powers of the human spirit

Sunday April 30th 2006 IFIRST visited Daingean Reformatory in the company of two former inmates and wrote about the experience, trying to make sense of the complex feelings of my companions. They traced among the derelict buildings and the overgrown...
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Church in Ireland 'lacks credibility'

In Short 29/04/2006 The Irish Catholic Church is suffering from a lack of credibility because of its leaders' failure to respond to clerical scandals and problems, a controversial American priest has told a conference in Maynooth, writes Olivia Kelly. Fr...
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'Strained' bishop on sick leave

Saturday April 29th 2006 BISHOP Donal Murray of Limerick has taken temporary sick leave from his duties as a result of acute strain since the suicide of clerical sex abuse victim Peter McCloskey. A statement issued by the diocese last...
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Daingean's horrific history must never be forgotten

Friday April 28th 2006 THE public will get a chance to see inside the infamous St Conleth's Reformatory, in Daingean, Co Offaly, during an open day there tomorrow. The Junior Minister responsible for the Office of Public Works, Tom...
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Daingean reformatory open day angers abuse survivors

Friday April 28th 2006 THE doors of Daingean Reformatory will open for the first time in 33 years tomorrow to give the public a glimpse of what went out behind the high walls of the Co Offaly institution. The notorious...
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Background to Hysteria (3)

Background to Hysteria (3) 3. Mary Raftery and States of Fear 3.1 The Broadcasts In April and May of 1999 RTE broadcast a much more extensive account of the industrial schools in the form of a three part documentary series,...
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Search for truth ends in tragedy

27/04/2006 There is something distasteful about the Diocese of Limerick at the moment, writes Mary Raftery. Following the tragic suicide of clerical sexual abuse victim Peter McCloskey and the public exposure of his suffering, what we have witnessed so...
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Ex-teacher imprisoned for child abuse

By Jonathan McCambridge 26 April 2006 A former teacher who was awarded an OBE for his service to young people was today sentenced to three and a half years in prison for indecently assaulting six young girls he was privately...
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Phase III public hearings

Phase III public hearings of the Investigation Committee of the Commission are due to commence on Thursday 4th May, 2006 and continue until June 20th. The venue for the hearings is the Mezzanine Suite, Herbert Park Hotel, Embassy House, Ballsbridge,...
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TRAGIC PETER: BISHOP SPEAKS

By CLODAGH O'LEARY and MIKE DWANE Limerick Leader City Exclusive THE Diocese of Limerick this Thursday evening rejected any allegations of cover-up or secrecy arising from the suicide of alleged sexual abuse victim Peter McCloskey. A spokesman said Bishop...
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"The Passion of Nora Wall"

Dr.Ruth Barton Centre for Film Studies UCD Dear Dr. Barton Your essay on "The Evolution of Ireland in Documentary Film" also contained a very favourable evaluation of Louis Lentin's RTE documentary "Dear Daughter". In fact that film is just as...
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Prime Time did not get facts wrong

IN his column (Irish Examiner, April 19), R?n?n Mullen accuses RT?'s Prime Time programme of "getting some important facts wrong". This was in relation to our reporting of how Bishop Donal Murray and the diocese of Limerick dealt with the...
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Prelate to work with tragedy-hit McCloskey family

Monday April 24th 2006 THE Bishop of Limerick and members of the family of clerical sex abuse victim Peter McCloskey have pledged to work together to address the issues raised as a result of his tragic suicide. "This will be...
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Pledge to sex abuse victims as new bishop is ordained

Monday April 24th 2006 A PLEDGE not to airbrush the clerical sex abuse scandals out of history was given at the ordination of the new bishop of Ferns. Delivering the homily at St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy, New Ross parish priest...
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Monsignor Denis Brennan to be ordained Bishop of Ferns today

THE ordination of Monsignor Denis Brennan as Bishop of Ferns will take place in St Aidan's Cathedral, Wexford, today. Monsignor Brennan was born in Rathnure, Co Wexford, in 1945. He was ordained at St Peter's College seminary on May 31,...
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The many complex factors involved in suicide

22/04/2006 It is not easy to write about a phenomenon as dark, as sensitive and as troubling as suicide. There is always the fear of adding to the hurt of the bereaved, who are already dealing with unbearable grief,...
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THE DEATH OF PATSY FLANAGAN: Blood Libel and the Christian Brothers

Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:58:39 +0100 (BST) From: Rory Connor Subject: THE DEATH OF PATSY FLANAGAN: Blood Libel and the Christian Brothers To: Ruth.barton@ucd.ie, bucko@indigo.ie, lentincrescendo@eircom.net, harvey.obrien@ucd.ie, mraftery@irish-times.ie CC: film.studies@ucd.ie Ruth Barton, Christine Buckley, Mary Raftery Louis Lentin,...
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Church not the only loser in fallout from tragic Limerick man?s death

By Ronan Mullen IT would be outrageous to suggest that the behaviour of One in Four, the advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse, contributed to a client?s death. But some people see nothing wrong in making just such a...
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Suicide victim had begged Taoiseach to launch probe

Saturday April 22nd 2006 SUICIDE victim Peter McCloskey made an impassioned appeal to the Taoiseach to initiate an inquiry into the diocese of Limerick only three months before he killed himself on April 1. An email requesting to meet Bertie...
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Comiskey set to avoid ordination of his successor

Saturday April 22nd 2006 THE non-appearance of Brendan Comiskey at tomorrow's episcopal ordination of his successor should avoid a media circus descending on the event to quiz the former disgraced Bishop of Ferns about his handling of child clerical sexual...
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Moving scenes at prayer service for sex abuse victims

4/19/2006 - 1:57:53 PM The special prayer service of Atonement and Healing for the effects of sexual abuse, and other forms of abuse, within the Catholic Church was held in the parish church in Castlebar on Palm Sunday last. The...
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Bishop details sequence of meetings to discuss abuse claim

Kathryn Hayes 21/04/2006 Bishop Donal Murray of Limerick last night issued a statement detailing the sequence of meetings his diocesan office had with a man who died suddenly two days after walking out of a meeting with church representatives...
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Bishop refuses to resign over handling of abuse case

Friday April 21st 2006 THE Bishop of Limerick has denied there was a cover-up in the case of abuse victim Peter McCloskey - who committed suicide after being involved in mediation with the diocese. Dr Donal Murray defended his...
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Abuse victim in court on public order charges

Thursday April 20th 2006 A 41-YEAR-OLD man who has a claim before the Redress Board on institutional abuse of children yesterday admitted 26 charges of damage, public order and possession of unlawful implements. Patrick Joseph Flynn, a widowed father...
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Diocese admits it failed victim of abuse

Thursday April 20th 2006 THE Diocese of Limerick last night admitted it did not do enough to prevent the sexual abuse of former altar boy Peter McCloskey but did "everything possible" afterwards to help him recover from his horrific...
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Priest in sex abuse row was subject of another complaint

19/04/06 By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent THE priest whose alleged sexual abuse has been linked to the tragic death of a former Limerick altar boy was at the centre of a second complaint in another Limerick parish, the Limerick...
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Comiskey to avoid Ferns ceremony

Wednesday April 19th 2006 THE former Bishop of Ferns, Brendan Comiskey, will not be present at the investature of his successor on Sunday in St Aidan's Cathedral, writes John Cooney. A spokesperson for the Ferns diocese, Fr John Carroll,...
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Unholy row over Mass invite to Protestants

Rev Michael Graham of St Peter's Church of Ireland and Fr Iggy O'Donovan OSA celebrating the Easter Sunday Eucharist mass in the Augustinian church. ,6 COLIN BELL Wednesday April 19th 2006 Bishops vent their anger over ecumenical Easter service...
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Lenihan says Children's Act not undermined

19/04/2006 New powers granted to his office will allow improvements in the youth justice system, Brian Lenihan tells Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Correspondent Amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill currently before the Oireachtas are actually an improvement on the...
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Comiskey confesses: I have now found peace

Bishop Comiskey with actor John McArdle after the funeral mass for Dr Peter Kavanagh at Inishkeen, Co Monaghan yesterday. Pic: Martin Nolan Tuesday April 18th 2006 Comments by former Fernsbishop anger abuse victims DISGRACED Bishop Brendan Comiskey yesterday emerged...
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The "Catholic ethos" is not to blame for what happened at Drogheda Hospital, writes Bishop Donal Murray.

Catholic healthcare ethos serves patient 17/04/2006 The "Catholic ethos" is not to blame for what happened at Drogheda Hospital, writes Bishop Donal Murray. Far from justifying unnecessary hysterectomies, the ethos of Catholic healthcare is the service of the dignity and...
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Ireland has become a country fit for heathens, warns archbishop

Monday April 17th 2006 Religious Affairs Correspondent THE Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has characterised modern day Ireland as being "in part a land of the heathen". Irish Catholics, he added, were living in "an ambiguous culture" where there...
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Bishop Comiskey to give eulogy at Kavanagh funeral

By Patsy McGarry,Religious Affairs Correspondent 17/04/2006 Bishop Brendan Comiskey will deliver the eulogy today at the funeral of Dr Peter Kavanagh, brother of poet Patrick Kavanagh, at Inniskeen Co Monaghan. Mr Kavanagh died in New York on January 27th...
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Priest in clear over sex claim

Anger at two years awaiting outcome By Michael McHugh 15 April 2006 Charges against a priest accused of child sex abuse have been dropped by prosecutors, it emerged yesterday. Friends of the former parish priest in Bangor Fr James Donaghy...
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Giants of literature deserved better

Sunday April 16th 2006 Sir - The death of John McGahern has once again brought to the fore the appalling way in which the Church and State have treated our giants of literature. From Goldsmith to Moore, Swift to...
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Church's failings 'are like betrayal by Judas'

Saturday April 15th 2006 Religious Affairs CorrespondentTHE Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, yesterday compared the failings of churchmen and professing Catholics with the betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariot. Dr Martin selected Judas as one of his Good...
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Written notice of decision

In answer to Ms Buckley's lack of knowledge about the Boards procedures. In all cases, you will be given written notice of the Board?s decision. When you receive this notice, you have one calendar month in which to decide whether...
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Death of alleged abuse victim evokes criticism

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 13/04/2006 The recent unexpected death of a 37-year-old Limerick man who alleged clerical child sex abuse has provoked criticism of diocesan representatives there. Peter McCloskey, a separated father of three and mature student at...
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State accused of failing children in difficulty

Leah McBride 12/04/2006 The Government is failing to help disadvantaged children in school, the children's charity Barnardos claimed yesterday. Almost one in three children in disadvantaged areas have severe difficulty with basic reading and writing, with levels unchanged since...
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Priest denies sex attack and grooming girl (12) for abuse

Tuesday April 11th 2006 Will Batchelor A CATHOLIC priest has denied sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and helping to groom her for abuse by another man. Father Jeremiah McGrath, a 62-year-old parish priest in Rosslea, County Fermanagh, allegedly committed the...
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Archbishop used priest spies to monitor UCD think-club

Monday April 10th 2006 John Cooney Religious Affairs Correspondent PRIESTS acted as spies for their archbishop in 1960s Dublin to monitor a UCD think club which included leading figures in Irish life such as Supreme Court judge Donal Barrington....
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Academic to monitor guidelines

Monday April 10th 2006 THE Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan, has appointed a Trinity College academic to monitor implementation of the Catholic Church's new child protection guidelines in the Republic, writes John Cooney. Dr Helen Buckley, a senior lecturer...
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State to review Church guidelines on child abuse

09 April 2006 By Niamh Connolly The government has commissioned a review of the Catholic Church?s new guidelines on child sexual abuse to examine if they are compatible with state guidelines. The church?s publication, Our Children, Our Church, will...
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No more secrets

The Sunday Times April 09, 2006 Both gardai and, until recently, religious orders have been notorious for the level of cover-up and closing of ranks following allegations of abuse (Really bad cop, Focus, last week). Some gardai, perhaps a small...
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"There is no evidence to show that the rights of those accused have been abused".

Editor Irish Times 9 April 2006 Madam, Writing in the Irish Times on 29 March last, the director of "One in Four" Colm O'Gorman made some remarkable statements in an article headed "There is no evidence to show that the...
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Why Dr Martin's honeymoon is coming to a close

Saturday April 8th 2006 Since becoming Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland two years ago, Diarmuid Martin has been nick-named 'St Martin of Tours' by a wit among his clergy on account of his frequent visits to Rome...
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All schools must adopt abuse prevention plan

Friday April 7th 2006 Katherine Donnelly EDUCATION Minister Mary Hanafin will force all primary schools to introduce a child abuse prevention programme - if they don't so willingly. Up to 200 primary schools may still not have implemented the...
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Church structures 'may have added to abuse'

Friday April 7th 2006 John Cooney Religious Affairs Correspondent BISHOPS and the Vatican have been challenged by a leading Irish theologian to review church structures that may have contributed to child sex abuse by clergy. He has called for...
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Court rules man in abuse claim entitled to jury

07/04/2006 The Supreme Court has ruled that a man who was sexually assaulted while at a Christian Brothers school in Dublin is entitled to have a jury trial to assess his claim for damages. The man was a student...
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DPP delays 'not enough' for abuse cases to be halted

Thursday April 6th 2006 DELAYS in bringing sex abusers to court should not be used as the sole grounds to prevent cases going ahead, the Supreme Court has found. Blaming the DPP for hold-ups should not be sufficient reason for...
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Solution sought to issue of abuse victim's legal costs

Marie O'Halloran 06/04/2006 The State Claims Agency is expected to put a proposal tomorrow to lawyers for Louise O'Keeffe, whose failed civil case against the Department of Education left her liable to costs of up to ?600,000. The department...
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Book studies Ireland's soaring suicide rates

There has been a seven-fold increase in the number of people dying by suicide in Ireland over the last 50 years, a new book revealed today. Suicide now claims more lives than road accidents with 457 people taking their own...
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Accused priests urged to seek legal advice

Wednesday April 5th 2006 John Cooney Religious Affairs Correspondent PRIESTS accused of child sexual abuse or sexual misconduct are strongly advised to engage the services of a solicitor and seek advice from a canon lawyer. This advice is offered...
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Truth of O'Keeffe case is mired in cynical politics

Comment: Liam Fay Louise O?Keeffe is a fortunate woman. Given the appalling sexual abuse that shattered her childhood, this may seem an insensitive, if not senseless, comment. Following her failed civil action against the department of education, however, O?Keeffe...
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Shortage of priests 'leaves church in crisis'

Sunday April 2nd 2006 DON LAVERY THE Archbishop of Dublin has admitted that there is a "grave" vocations crisis in the Catholic Church, - with 2005 being the first year that no priest was ordained for the Diocese of...
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Time the church engaged young people again

Breda O'Brien 01/04/2006 People of a certain age can remember exactly where they were when they heard John F. Kennedy had been shot. It is a relief to be able to say that it was before my time. In...
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Judge adjourns proceedings by former diocesan secretary

01/04/2006 A High Court judge has adjourned to May 12th next proceedings involving a former diocesan secretary who lost a High Court action two years ago in which she challenged the decision to make her redundant from her position...
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Probe into teachers after corporal punishment claims

Saturday April 1st 2006 Breda Heffernan THREE cases of alleged corporal punishment were investigated by the Department of Education in the last school year, it has been revealed. The figures come some 24 years after corporal punishment was banned in...
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