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November 2006 Archives

Brothers criticised over abuse inquiry

Paul Cullen The chairman of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has expressed his frustration and anger at delays by the Christian Brothers in providing documents to the inquiry. Se?n Ryan SC accused the congregation of wasting the...
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Child Vaccine Trials Disgrace Being Swept Under the Carpet ? Stanton

Fine Gael National Press Office Press Release Leinster House Contact: David Stanton TD Dublin 2 Mike Miley Social, Family Affairs Ireland 01 618 4254 and Equality Monday, April 25, 2005 Child Vaccine Trials Disgrace Being Swept Under the Carpet...
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Harney rules out further inquiry into vaccine trials

Eithne Donnellan, Health Correspondent There is to be no further examination of the question of vaccine trials involving babies and children in institutional settings in the 1960s and 1970s, Minister for Health Mary Harney announced yesterday. She said her...
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Bishop's return angers families of abuse victims

Tuesday November 28th 2006 THE first public appearance of Brendan Comiskey in Wexford since he stepped down as Bishop of Ferns has angered locals. The bishop, who is believed to be living in Dublin, quietly returned to attend a...
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EAMONN CASEY FRIENDS AGAIN WITH ANNIE MURPHY

EAMONN CASEY FRIENDS AGAIN WITH ANNIE MURPHY "Murphy added that she now regrets writing the kiss and tell book about their affair, but says that she was naive and pushed into writing it." Ross Hamilton, the son of Father...
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DR NOEL BROWNE AND THE MOTHER AND CHILD SCHEME

Ladies and Gentlemen I daresay that Barry Desmond's views on Noel Browne are widely known among historians. However the general public seem to be completely ignorant of the facts here. I am attempting a summing up of the false sex...
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FATHER MICHAEL CLEARY AND PHYLLIS HAMILTON

I did not know Father Michael Cleary personally but I guessed what was going to happen to Phyllis Hamilton and her son after his death. Ross Hamilton now says that says that his mother was slowly drinking herself to...
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Fund to help abused ?rebuild? lives

22 November 2006 By Niall Murray, Education Correspondent MORE than 500 former residents of institutions where children were abused have received educational grants to help them rebuild their lives. But tens of thousands more are eligible for a share of...
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Savage cruelty of the Hibernian gulags

Sunday November 19th 2006 Founded on Fear - Peter Tyrrell Irish Academic Press, ?18.50 OF THE many sad stories contained in Peter Tyrrell's book, two have haunt-ed me particularly. The first is of John Coyne, who arrived in Peter's...
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Profile: Eamon Casey: The bishop still seeking sanctuary from his past

Ladies and Gentlemen, Eamon Casey is the SIXTH Irish Bishop to be subjected to a false allegation of child abuse (or other false sexual allegation) since 1994. The attached article from The Sunday Times gives a good account of...
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Police chief sparks row over stigma of sex with children

The Sunday Times November 19, 2006 Daniel Foggo THE police?s leading child protection officer has said that men who have sex with children should not be classed as ?paedophiles? if the victim is between the ages of 13 and 15...
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SHEDDING NEW LIGHT ON THE 'WAYWARD' DR NOEL BROWNE

Ladies and Gentlemen, I had not intended to write anything else about Doctor Noel Browne. I then came across this remarkable review BY EMER O'KELLY of John Horgan's biography "Noel Browne, Passionate Outsider". Her review strangely echoes some points made...
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Sorting church/state relations

by Vincent Browne Thursday, November 16, 2006 The opening of church/state dialogue is itself indicative of a changed relationship between the church and the state in Ireland. Previously the idea of an "opening" of contacts between church and state would...
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Poll deals blow to PDs' new hope O'Gorman

Monday November 13th 2006 AN OPINION poll has delivered a major setback to high-profile PD candidate Colm O'Gorman. It shows that the founder of the One-In-Four charity for victims of sexual abuse would be eliminated on the first count in...
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YOU'VE BEEN HOAXED [BY KATHY O'BEIRNE AND OTHERS]

by Guy Rundle, 23 October 2006 [NOTE: I have frequently predicted that our child abuse witch-hunt will be followed by an Age of Cynicism in which children who were REALLY abused, will be treated as fraudsters. The following article...
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Catholic Nun Sentenced

A Roman Catholic nun has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in the Rwandan genocide. Theophister Muka-Ki-Bibi was jailed by a traditional Rwandan court for helping Hutu militiamen kill Tutsis hiding in a hospital where she...
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Christian Brother thanked Burke over rezoning decision

Christian Brothers David Gibson and John Heneghan arrive at the tribunal yesterday: Brother Heneghan said he wrote the letter to thank Ray Burke on the advice of Fianna F?il councillor GV Wright. Photograph: Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Olivia Kelly...
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Bishop tells faithful his diocese is nearly broke

Friday November 10th 2006 A WEST of Ireland Catholic bishop has admitted that his diocese is almost bankrupt and that his clergy are paid less than most priests in the country's other 25 dioceses. In a pastoral letter, the...
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Bishop?s school request shocks parents

By Donal Hickey SOME parents of pupils attending Kenmare boys? national school yesterday said they were shocked at a decision of the school patron, the Bishop of Kerry, Dr Bill Murphy, to seek the sacking of the school?s management...
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We must not let lawyers destroy child rights issue

Tuesday November 7th 2006 THE decision to hold a constitutional referendum on the rights of children has, predictably, met with widespread support. But will it make any practical difference? If the proposal is largely a symbolic measure, it will...
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Cavan Fire Inquiry?Motion.

Seanad ?ireann - Volume 27 - 10 March, 1943 Mrs. Concannon Mrs. Concannon Mrs. Concannon: On behalf of Senator Quirke I move:? That it is expedient that a tribunal be established for inquiring into the following definite matters of urgent...
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How can we best cement our children's rights into the Constitution?

With all political factions agreeing on the need for a referendum, Barnardos is about to launch a campaign to propose specific amendments, writes Fergus Finlay The Nigerian writer Ben Okri once wrote that children show us what is good, what...
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36 Die in Cavan Orphanage Fire

The Cavan Fire In the early hours of a February morning in 1943 fire broke out in the basement laundry of St. Joseph's Orphanage & Industrial School run by the enclosed order of Poor Clare nuns in Main St.,...
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MARY RAFTERY AND THE PASSION OF NORA WALL

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is the final section of my essay "The Passion of Nora Wall" in which I concentrate on the role played by Mary Raftery in setting up this gross miscarriage of justice. Some months ago I sent...
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Business as usual at the old boys' club

Sunday November 5th 2006 THERE is more to life than appearances. But pictures of Pope Benedict meeting the Irish hierarchy in Rome last week said a lot about life in the corridors of power of the Catholic Church. No...
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The 'toxic wall' around children

The Sunday Times November 05, 2006 TV presenter Johnny Ball is fighting the government?s plan for more stringent vetting of people who work with children. Our attitude to youngsters is becoming unhealthy and absurd, he tells Sian Griffiths Children?s television...
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Abuse inquiry now 7 years old

Enda Leahy AN inquiry lasting seven years by the Health Service Executive (HSE) into the sexual abuse of disabled people in a Galway nursing home has still not been completed. The investigation was set up in 1999 by the Western...
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Paedophiles face longer prison terms

David Leppard JOHN REID, the home secretary, is to announce proposals for keeping paedophiles, rapists and other violent criminals in jail for longer. Eligibility for automatic parole halfway through a jail term will be ended. There is also pressure to...
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Lawyers net 25% of blood scandal payouts

03 November 2006 By Andrew Bushe and Caroline O?Doherty ALMOST ?1 in every ?4 paid out last year by the tribunal set up to compensate victims of blood contamination scandals went to lawyers. The 2005 report of the Hepatitis...
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?200,000 award to sex abuse victim 'no comfort'

03/11/2006 No amount of money could compensate a woman who was sexually abused by a relative when she was 11 years old and he was 21 years her senior, a High Court judge said yesterday when awarding ?200,000 damages...
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Child sex offender locked up

Child sex offender locked up Gustav Dahm (centre) outside Tralee Circuit Criminal Court last week. Photo by Kevin Coleman Thursday November 2nd 2006 Last four years of 10-year sentence suspended to allow paedophile Gustav Dahm to get treatment ONE...
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400 give evidence to abuse inquiry

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Corresponde 08/03/2006 To date 400 former residents of industrial schools and orphanages have given evidence to the investigation committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. The committee is investigating allegations of abuse in the...
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The Ryan Commission

The Ryan Commission fails to understand that between the 1920s and 1980s, an estimated 150,000 children were sent to Ireland?s notorious institutions, where many suffered horrific abuse and neglect at the hands of the Religious Orders. Hard manual labour replaced...
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CATHOLIC CHURCH AND LIMBO

Madam, - My late mother had six children, four of whom died in infancy. Her first child was born in May, 1945 and the second was born in November, 1946. I mention these two children for a particular reason....
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Churchgoers should not have to pay for another layer of bureauracy

I WAS puzzled by the one-page feature (Irish Examiner, October 23) in which Se?n McC?rthaigh uncritically took on board the faulting by Colm O?Gorman of our clergy for not having mandatory reporting of sex-abuse allegations against priests and other...
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Abuse victim condemns TD's question on offender

Gordon Deegan 01/11/2006 A Co Clare victim of child sex abuse has called on Fine Gael TD Pat Breen to apologise for his "crass insensitivity" in tabling a D?il question inquiring into the possible early release of a convicted...
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