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June 2006 Archives

A quarter of Irish children sexually abused, say NGOs

Ali Bracken 30/06/2006 More than a quarter of Irish children are sexually abused and 95 per cent of these crimes go unreported, according to a group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the area of child sexual abuse. Additionally,...
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Priest pleads guilty to sex abuse of pupils

Fr Ronald Bennett (71) at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. Fr Bennett was sports master and bursar at Gormanston College, Co Meath 30/6/2006 Photograph: Garrett White/Collins A former spiritual director and bursar of Gormanston College, Co Meath, who...
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Elderly priest pleads guilty to abuse

29 June 2006 A 71-year-old Franciscan priest has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sample charges of indecent assault of young boys at Gormanston College, Co Meath, almost 30 years ago. Father Ronald Bennett was a games...
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The 'innocent' who stood by

Thursday June 29th 2006 I take issue with John Fitzgerald ('Redress is open to abuse', Letters June, 27) on the grounds that those innocent carers, doctors, nurses, or priests failed in their duty if they did not take action...
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Redress is open to abuse

Tuesday June 27th 2006 In reply to Ronald McCartan (Letters, June 21), I want to say that I have no argument with his contention that many inmates of Irish industrial and reformatory schools were most horribly abused by the...
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OBLATES' ROLE IN RUNNING DAINGEAN

Madam, - Patsy McGarry's disgraceful "lambasting" of the Oblates whom he described as the most "obdurate" of religious congregations (June 6th), met with a most tempered and admirable rebuff by Breda O'Brien (June 10th). I don't know if Mr...
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Sex Abuse Suit against Vatican May Proceed.

The Federal Court in Oregon has recently Ruled That Sex Abuse Suit against Vatican May Proceed. The suit stems from the sexual abuse of John V. Doe by Fr. Andrew Ronan, a priest of the Friar Servants of Mary order....
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Oblates 'made mistakes' in caring for young offenders

Monday June 26th 2006 A SENIOR Oblate priest has admitted that the religious order made mistakes in its management of young offenders at its Daingean and Glencree reformatories. But in a reference to the recent clerical scandals, Fr Paul Byrne...
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'Cruelty men' colluded in the sanctified abuse of children

PUBLIC HEARING: Paul Gilligan of the ISPCC was questioned last week by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse PUBLIC HEARING: Paul Gilligan of the ISPCC was questioned last week by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Sunday...
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Charity commissioners block abuse payouts by Franciscans

Dearbhail McDonald Sunday Times A RELIGIOUS order whose brothers abused children in primary schools says a state agency is blocking its compensation payments to victims. After successful civil actions, up to 20 people sexually abused by Franciscan brothers of the...
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?John Charles McQuaid, Ruler of Catholic Ireland?.

From: albertking [mailto:albertking36@tiscali.co.uk] Sent: 23 June 2006 16:00 To: 'info@alliancesupport.org' Subject: As follows: May we refer to the extracts from the reviews and your article concerning John Cooney?s book ?John Charles McQuaid, Ruler of Catholic Ireland?. And the issues as...
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Christian Brothers correct abuse figures

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent The Christian Brothers congregation issued a statement yesterday correcting figures presented to the investigation committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse last week. It said the congregation had established from its records...
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EXPERIENCE OF CHILD ABUSE

Madam, - I am glad to see that Breda O'Brien is attempting to strike a balance in the fracas over child abuse. Having been the recipient of punishment similar to that suffered by the boys at Daingean, and in...
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John Cooney and John Charles McQuaid (2)

This is the HOSTILE review of John Cooney's biography of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. The other reviewers praised the book - with the exception of the child abuse allegations! John Cooney is very upset because a solicitor for the Christian...
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John Cooney and John Charles McQuaid (1)

A solicitor for the Christian Brothers said at a meeting of the Child Abuse Commission on 19 June that John Cooney was "not the most reputable journalist" and that he was responsible for a "salacious and scurrilous story" which he...
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State 'failed its young offenders'

Tuesday June 20th 2006 A DEPARTMENT of Justice official has admitted that the State failed to discharge its duties to young offenders sent to the Daingean reformatory school. The Co Offaly school was shut down in the early 1970s. James...
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Christian Brothers played a blinder

Wednesday June 14th 2006 The same week that the Christian Brothers ended two centuries of involvement in primary and secondary education also witnessed the bizarre barring of three boys from an exam hall for having their hair cut too short....
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Solicitor apologises to journalist

Patsy McGarry 21/06/2006 Disparaging comments made about Irish Independent religious affairs correspondent John Cooney on Monday were withdrawn at yesterday's hearing of the investigation committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. Solicitor for the Christian Brothers, Padraig...
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Shame of unmarried mothers in past recalled

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 21/06/2006 In 1920s Ireland, one in four children born to unmarried mothers died in infancy compared to one in 16 for married mothers, a committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was...
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Generations of innocent young 'were failed by institutions'

Wednesday June 21st 2006 THE Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children "ultimately" failed generations of children in industrial schools, its chief executive said yesterday. Questioned at the Child Abuse Commission, Paul Gilligan conceded there was no...
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Abuse was widespread

Wednesday June 21st 2006 Mr John Fitzgerald (Letters, June 14) indicates quotes and remarks made by men and women who as children were sentenced to serve terms of detention within the Irish industrial and reformatory system are groundless and...
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Child abuse inquiry chairman criticised

Mr Justice Sean Ryan Confrontation at inquiry 20 June 2006 16:10 The Chairman of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has been told he should consider his position after he rejected a demand for an adjournment from an...
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Priest condemned committal system

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 20/06/2006 A letter sent in 1971 by the resident manager at Daingean reformatory in Co Offaly to the Garda Commissioner, in which he threatened to refuse admission to boys sent there, was described yesterday...
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Child abuse inquiry told of State failure

19 June 2006 15:29 The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has been told that the State did not face up to its failure to provide appropriate facilities for juvenile offenders up until the 1970s. A senior official at the...
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Thank you to the Brothers

Monday June 19th 2006 As the Christian Brothers are planning to end two centuries of their direct involvement in primary and secondary education, I would like to offer some words of thanks to them. I had the good fortune to...
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MARY RAFTERY - UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

1. FACT UK 2. Alliance Support Mary Raftery is the moving spirit behind the child abuse witch-hunt in Ireland. She is our Witch-Finder General (with apologies to Hammer Films and the late Matthew Hopkins). There are thousands of articles...
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Another crisis and again the wigs get off scot-free

Sunday June 18th 2006 AFTER the dust finally settled on the Brendan Smyth affair, a wise observer of the great Irish power game noted that amid the chaos of falling governments and ruined political careers, one group had emergedunscathed....
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Death of boy in 1951 queried


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Child abuse inquiry told of 'striking deference' to religious

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 14/06/2006 There was "very significant deference" in the Department of Education towards religious congregations, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was told yesterday. The department's secretary general, Brigid McManus, was responding to Marian...
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Abuse claims 'ignored', schools chief concedes

McManus: regrets response Tuesday June 13th 2006 THE new secretary general of the Department of Education has admitted "significant failings" in the way department inspectors investigated how children were being maltreated in industrial schools. Brigid McManus told the Child...
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Department admits it failed in care of children

Patsy McGarry 13/06/2006 The Department of Education has admitted to "significant failings" in ensuring children in residential institutions were properly cared for in the past. It said it "deeply regrets this". In evidence to the investigation committee of the...
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State 'ultimately responsible' for children in care

Patsy McGarry 13/06/2006 The secretary general of the Department of Education and Science has accepted that the State had "ultimate responsibility" for the care of children held in residential institutions owned and managed by religious congregations. Replying to a...
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Education dept admits care failures

Education dept admits care failures 12 June 2006 19:44 The Department of Education has admitted that it significantly failed to ensure the satisfactory care of children in industrial schools. Apologising for the department's shortcomings to the Commission to Inquire into...
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Alleged abuse victim free to sue Vatican

AN ALLEGED victim of an Irish paedophile priest can take the world?s first sexual abuse lawsuit against the Vatican, an American court has ruled, writes Sean O?Driscoll. Michael Mosman, a US district judge, lifted the Vatican?s diplomatic immunity. He...
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Some of the men they shaped and moulded . . .

Saturday June 10th 2006 THREE well-known personalities last night talked of their own experiences of the influence of the Christian Brothers on their lives. Gay Byrne - broadcaster and chairman of the Road Safety Authority. Former student of Synge Street...
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Scapegoating not the way to uncover the truth

Breda O'Brien 10/06/2006 'We like our scapegoats, we like our simple stories," Prof Hannah McGee said last week while talking about the Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland report. Her point was that it would be easier for us all...
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The Minister for Education, Mary Hanafin,

Hanafin praises Christian Brothers 09 June 2006 16:56 The Minister for Education, Mary Hanafin, has praised the contribution of the Christian Brothers to Irish education, saying they had given tremendous service. She was speaking after the Brothers confirmed that...
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Brothers to quit schools after two centuries

Friday June 9th 2006 Lay people will take control in watershed for education system THE Christian Brothers are planning to end two centuries of direct involvement in primary and secondary education in Ireland. They are finalising arrangements to hand...
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Dramatic U-turn for order on abuse in boys' reformatory

Confession marks dramatic U-turn for order on abuse in boys' reformatory Wednesday June 7th 2006 THE Oblate Order yesterday confessed that "excessive" physical abuse occurred in a boys' reformatory. The order said it unreservedly condemned any sexual abuse perpetrated...
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Order apologises to former residents

Patsy McGarry 07/06/2006 In his evidence to the investigation committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse yesterday, Father Michael Hughes, for the Oblate congregation, acknowledged shortcomings in their management at Daingean reformatory and apologised "unreservedly" for suffering...
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'Living hell' reformatory claim rejected

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 07/06/2006 To describe the reformatory at Daingean, Co Offaly, as "a living hell" was to paint a completely false picture, the investigation committee of the Child Abuse Commission was told yesterday. Fr Michael Hughes,...
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Church denial of truth over abuse must end

06/06/2006 It is time the Catholic Church and its apologists acknowledged the scale of what happened at the Daingean and Lusk reformatories, writes Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent The most obdurate of the religious congregations which managed residential institutions...
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Abuse likely took place, Oblate Order admits

06 June 2006 14:49 A spokesman for the Oblate Order has said some form of sexual abuse of boys is likely to have taken place at Daingean Reformatory in Co Offaly. He was speaking before the Commission to Inquire into...
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Irish Examiner- Letter's page

05 June 2006 When money is involved, don?t assume that people alleging abuse are always truthful THE provincial of the Christian Brothers? St Mary?s (northern) province, Bro David Gibson, certainly had a point when he warned against the danger of...
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Defrocking of priests 'doesn't protect children'

Monday June 5th 2006 DEFROCKING of priests found guilty of child abuse does not necessarily support the protection of children, a priest of the diocese of Clogher has claimed. Father Patrick Connolly, writing in the June issue of The Furrow...
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Ignorance of the abusers

Monday June 5th 2006 Once again I am confounded as to how people who have been educated in many cases to third level standard can so blithely tell the world that at that time, whether it be the '40's,...
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Christian Brothers should not take a beating

Sunday June 4th 2006 Sir - The poor old Christian Brothers (CBS) are really getting it at the moment. Why, only last week, just as one CB was being bashed for suggesting that some of the claims against them...
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Churches are conspicuous by their silence

Some of the 2,000 demonstrators outside the Dail yesterday to protest over the release of men charged with sex crimes. Saturday June 3rd 2006 IN the spontaneous eruption of national outrage over the child rape laws, the voices of...
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Discipline priority in industrial school

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 02/06/2006 During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s order and discipline within the institution, rather than the emotional needs of the child, was the priority at Kilkenny's St Patrick's industrial school for boys under 10,...
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Abuse inquiry hears boys were punished

01 June 2006 14:45 The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has heard that boys were routinely punished for bed-wetting at St Patrick's Industrial School in Kilkenny in the 1940s and 1950s. Sister Una O'Neill, Superior General of the Sisters...
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Priest raped 13-year-old girl in sacristy of church

The woman told how Fr Daniel Doherty (above) raped her for the first time in 1985 in the toilet at the sacristy. He was remanded on bail for sentencing in October. COURTPIX Thursday June 1st 2006 A 48-YEAR-OLD Donegal...
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St Joseph's industrial school: a potted history

01/06/2006 In 1872, the Religious Sisters of Charity were asked by the Bishop of Ossory Dr Moran to care for the homeless girls of Co Kilkenny. In September 1873, St Joseph's industrial school was founded and operated from a...
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Sisters of Charity not to apologise

By Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 01/06/2006 The superior general of the Religious Sisters of Charity, Sister Una O'Neill, has stated the congregation would not apologise for what occurred in St Joseph's orphanage in Kilkenny. Nor would the congregation...
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