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September 2007 Archives

Kathy?s Real Story

by Prefect Press, price 14.99 ISBN 978-1-906351-00-7 Kathy?s Real Story This is a compelling read and a shocking story, which begins with shame and ends with the triumph of an Irish family over false allegations of abuse. The family...
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ALLIANCE VICTIM SUPPORT GROUP

ALLIANCE VICTIM SUPPORT GROUP SPECIAL LONDON MEETING SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2007 AT 2PM VENUE ST. PETERS CHURCH HALL (ABOVE LAZY DAISY CAF?) 59A PORTOBELLO ROAD LONDON W11 3DB NEAREST TUBE NOTTING HILL GATE AGENDA Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse...
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Compelling read and a shocking story

Kathy?s Real Story This is a compelling read and a shocking story, which begins with shame and ends with the triumph of an Irish family over false allegations of abuse. The family of best-selling author Kathy O'Beirne tells the...
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THE FETHARD-ON-SEA BOYCOTT AND THE WORKERS PARTY (2)

[ The following is based on an article in Wikipedia. Among other things it demonstates that Gerry Gregg of the Workers Party had quite a lot in common with Ian Paisley in exploiting a dispute between husband and wife...
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"A LOVE DIVIDED" - The Fethard-on-Sea Boycott and the Workers Party

[The following short article by David Quinn appeared in the Irish Catholic on Thursday 13 September 2007. I did not realise that Gerry Gregg, one of the producers of the film, is a former member of the Workers Party....
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Why religious bias should not be one of the three Rs

Independent.ie Children have a right to a Roman Catholic education but it should be separate to the current State system, writes Emer O'Kelly The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, tried to spell that out recently in as inoffensive...
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FoI applications down after drop in sex abuse claims

Mark Hennessy, Political Correspondent Fri, Sep 21, 2007 The number of Freedom of Information (FoI) applications lodged last year fell by nearly one-fifth following a fall in the number of sex-abuse compensation claims against religious orders. Thousands of applications...
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Priests' groupto be dissolved

Patsy McGarry Religious Affairs Correspondent Thu, Sep 20, 2007 The National Conference of Priests of Ireland (NCPI), which represents all religious and secular (diocesan) Catholic priests in Ireland, has decided to dissolve. At its agm and annual conference, which...
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CALL FOR CHURCH TO GIVE UP RUNNING SCHOOLS

Irish Times letter pages Madam, - Sr Stanislaus Kennedy is correct when she urges the Catholic Church to begin withdrawing from the management of schools in favour of concentrating on its primary responsibility (The Irish Times, September 19th). When this...
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Nun urges church to give up running schools

Ruadh?n Mac Cormaic, Migration Correspondent Wed, Sep 19, 2007 The founder of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, has called on the Catholic Church to "plan to withdraw from running schools" and focus on communicating its values....
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HOLOCAUST HOAXER

New Statesman, 20 May 2002 by Maurice Walsh [This article is a review of the book "A Life in Pieces" by Blake Eskin. Eskin tells the story of a literary hoax perpetrated by a man who claimed to have...
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BOYS TOWN COMMEMORATION

Madam, - We have recently been reminded of the unsavoury behaviour of a famous singing priest. The other side of the clerical coin was with the 90th anniversary celebration of the founding of Boys Town in Nebraska in 1917...
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Priest on leave after child sex abuse claims

Independent.ie The priest, thought to be in his 40s, was arrested on Saturday and interrogated by gardai, who are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions. In a statement issued on Saturday evening, the Bishop of Kilmore, Dr...
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Catholic schools' policy defended

Sat, Sep 15, 2007 Race or ethnic origin has nothing to do with the admission criteria for Catholic schools, the chairman of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Education Commission has said. Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent, reports. Bishop Leo O'Reilly...
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Irish Centre pays out ?50,000 for unfair dismissal

THE FIRST-ever female head of a leading London-Irish charity has won almost STG50,000 in compensation after she suffered a sustained campaign of sex discrimination and bullying. Margaret Murnane, 48, was appointed director of the London Irish Centre, an Irish...
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Lot to learn from Boys Town ethos

Thu, Sep 13, 2007 There is a remarkable statistic concerning Irish education, which may add a new layer to the current controversy surrounding the role of a Catholic ethos in the admissions policies of primary schools, writes Mary Raftery...
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Boys Town founder honoured in home town

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent Wed, Sep 12, 2007 Veteran Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney (86) visited Ballymoe, Co Galway, yesterday for celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the founding by local man Fr Edward Flanagan of Boys Town in...
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WHAT DID NIALL McELWEE DO?

Lady and Gentlemen This article from the "Bock The Robber" Blog is exactly what I thought about the Niall McElwee "scandal" at the time- but there are too many fake scandals to write about and I never got around...
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Sisters of Bethany's convent in Santa Barbara

Sister Margarita Antonia Gonzalez reacts to a discussion of a plan by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to close the Sisters of Bethany's convent in Santa Barbara and sell it to help pay for its $660-million settlement of priest...
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Sacked charity boss wins ?50,000

06/09/07 - News section Sacked charity boss wins ?50,000 after son called sex chatlines on work phone A Catholic charity boss sacked after her teenage son used her work phone to call sex chatlines has won ?50,000 from 'sexist'...
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Dignity of this son is a lesson for all

Independent.ie The bitterness of Michael's relatives in their interviews was astounding. The way they spoke ill of the deceased Phyllis and the implied defence of the behaviour of Michael in denying his son, was unreasonable and ridiculous. Maintaining the sense...
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Showboating cleric was there when it mattered

Independent.ie Father Michael Cleary was unpopular with his colleagues but was an example to them all, writes Gareth O'Callaghan Tickets had sold out weeks in advance for the show in Bedfordshire, England. Fans had travelled from as far away...
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Cleary's holy show also a saving grace

Independent.ie He couldn't sing or dance and his jokes were awful -- but being a priest gave him a shtick, says Declan Lynch He was a broadcaster, a raconteur, a counsellor, a cabaret singer, a footballer, a sex educator, a...
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Retired teacher given month to draw up ?300,000 payment plan

Leo Hickey from Innishannon, Co Cork By Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent Sat, Sep 08, 2007 A 68-year-old retired primary school principal was yesterday given a month by a judge to present proposals on how he plans to pay over...
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Flawed yes, but here was a priest who knew his job

Independent.ie He was doing what he felt necessary to get by. Maybe it would have been easier to pack off his son and the boy's mother to England or the US than have them in his home. Hiding them...
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Sex, priests, and secret lives

Fri, Sep 07, 2007 The Catholic Church should take the opportunity to acknowledge the wrong done to the partners and children of priests, writes Gina Menzies The programme Life with the Clearys screened last Monday highlights yet again the...
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WAS DUKE RAPE CASE 'ACADEMIC McCARTHYISM'?

[The following article from the current edition of Newsweek is a review of a book about false allegations of rape made by a black stripper against members of an elite lacrosse team at Duke University in North Carolina. Both...
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Systems of Control ? The Global Legacy of Institutional Child Abuse

By Roch Longue?p?e Founder & President, Internations? Justice Federation Distinguished Guests, members of the Reach Canada, Ladies and Gentlemen. I want to express my gratitude to each of you for joining me today. My name is Roch Longue?p?e, I am...
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Kathy?s Real Story

Kathy?s Real Story : A culture of false allegations exposed by Hermann Kelly will be published in October by Prefect Press, price 14.99 ISBN 978-1-906351-00-7 Kathy?s Real Story This is a compelling read and a shocking story, which begins...
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Society was to blame, not just the Sisters

Eibhear Walshe History In the aftermath of painful moments of revelation in our social history, scholars have to tread a very careful path. James M Smith's study of Ireland's Magdalen laundries comes in the wake of a great deal...
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Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment

James M. Smith The Magdalen laundries were workhouses in which many Irish women and girls were effectively imprisoned because they were perceived to be a threat to the moral fiber of society. Mandated by the Irish state beginning in...
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USA - PROSECUTOR FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT OVER FALSE RAPE ALLEGATIONS

[This refers to false rape allegations made by a black stripper against three students of Duke University, North Carolina who were members of the University's star lacrosse team. The case has something in common with that of Nora Wall....
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Full co-operation of Dublin Diocese

Archbishop says Commission of Investigation will have full co-operation of Dublin Diocese May we refer to the article ?Artane bullies hid behind the Church? by Joe Giltrap in the Irish Post dated 29th August 2007 particularly to his comment ?I...
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Complaints about solicitors up 25% in 2006

Mary Carolan Sat, Sep 01, 2007 The number of complaints about the professional conduct of solicitors rose again last year, new figures showed yesterday. The Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal report for 2006 revealed that the number of complaints rose to...
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MICHAEL FLATLEY AND FALSE RAPE CLAIM

[The Sisters of Mercy dealt with bogus allegations of child abuse by apologising TWICE to those responsible. Thus they ensured that there would be further false allegations - although these were directed more against male religious. (The Nora Wall...
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