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October 2007 Archives

Priest says clerical sex abuse issue not over

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent Tue, Oct 30, 2007 A Catholic priest, who for over 20 years has been a leading advocate of the rights of people sexually abused by clergy, has warned the worst is not over where...
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PAUL WILLIAMS, NORA WALL AND CHRIS MOORE

In my recent article [1] I said I believed that Paul William's libelous article about Nora Wall - Sunday World, 11 July 1999 [2] - was suggested by a passage in Chris Moore's book "Betrayal of Trust: The Father...
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Settlement for Bogus Abuse Woman

BBC News 20 October 2007 A woman who falsely accused her father of rape after undergoing a discredited form of therapy has received an out-of-court settlement. Katrina Fairlie, 37, launched a claim seeking damages from NHS Tayside. She claimed...
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Priest is cleared of schoolgirl sex charges

George Jackson Tue, Oct 23, 2007 A 63-year-old Catholic priest was yesterday found not guilty by the direction of a judge of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old Co Donegal schoolgirl 30 years ago. Fr Patrick Joseph Crilly, from Tobermore Road,...
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PAUL WILLIAMS, FATHER BRENDAN SMYTH AND NORA WALL

PAUL WILLIAMS, FATHER BRENDAN SMYTH AND NORA WALL It is absolutely clear that Paul William's allegations against Nora Wall, published by the Sunday World on 11 July 1999, are repulsive lies; the newspaper had to apologise and pay substantial damages....
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Brady says apology not adequate for abuse victims

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent Mon, Oct 22, 2007 The Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, Dr Se?n Brady, has said as a church leader, he cannot adequately apologise to victims of clerical child abuse. While nothing...
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Woman Falsely Claimed Rape by Father

Irish Times, 19 October 2007 A woman has been convicted by at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of falsely claiming she had been raped and sexually abused by her father. The jury found the 35-year-old woman guilty by 10-2...
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DUBLIN PRIEST DENIES US SEX ABUSE CLAIMS (Recovered Memory)

Evening Herald, 19 October 2007 by Jane Last [This is a "Recovered Memory" allegation. "Recovered Memory" has no credibility in Ireland but in the USA large numbers of people have been convicted of child abuse on this basis alone....
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SUNDAY WORLD APOLOGY FOR LIBELLING NORA WALL

[On 11 July 1999 the Sunday World published an obscene libel on Nora Wall. This was AFTER she had been convicted of rape but just BEFORE the case against her collapsed. The article by crime correspondent Paul Williams, claimed...
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(1) - The Apology Sunday World, 27 October 2002

A small one column wide article appeared on the top right hand corner of page 3 as follows: APOLOGY: NORA WALL: "In our edition of July 11, 1999, grave allegations were made in respect of Nora Wall. "These groundless...
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(2) The Libel

SUNDAY WORLD JULY 11, 1999 (FRONT PAGE) Rape Nun's Abuse Pact with Smyth EXCLUSIVE by PAUL WILLIAMS EVIL NUN Nora Wall, convicted for helping to rape a ten-year-old child, also secretly provided children for sick paedophile priest Father Brendan...
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(3) Article in Phoenix re Libel Case

(3) Article in Phoenix re Libel Case Phoenix Magazine 8 November 2002 WORST LIBELS NORA WALL "THE Sunday Worst recently published an unqualified and wholehearted apology to Nora Wall for a story they published three years ago, although the apology...
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Church's silence is thankfully broken

Independent.ie The churches are beginning to find their voices again, and not before time. Cowed into silence by the embarrassment and shame of the child abuse scandals of the recent past, church leaders had retreated into a world of...
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Mass at any price for a few?

Archbishop Se?n Brady will address survivors of institutional abuse at a Mass to day in Cork organised by Right of Place and Ms Buckley. The vast majority of survivors will not know of or hear of what Archbishop Sean...
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FitzGerald says celibacy of bishops led to cover-ups

Steven Carroll Sat, Oct 20, 2007 The celibacy of Catholic bishops aided the cover-up of child sex abuse by priests, former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald has said. Dr FitzGerald said that if the bishops had been married and had...
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PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST WINS LIBEL CASE AGAINST THE IRISH INDEPENDENT

[It is almost impossible to find this story in the national media. In November 1997 Niamh Nic Mhath?na of Youth Defence was viciously libelled in the Irish Independent by Justine McCarthy (who now works for the Sunday Tribune). The...
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Irish priest in US denies sex claims

By Stephen Rogers THE US diocese where paedophile priest Oliver O?Grady molested a number of children has been rocked by yet another scandal as another Irish priest has been accused of the same offence. Tipperary native Father Michael Kelly, who...
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Court clears way for trial of former Christian Brother

Court clears way for trial of former Christian Brother Thu, Oct 18, 2007 The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the trial of a former Christian Brother who is accused of multiple sexual offences dating back to 1961. Mr...
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Brother can be tried for sex offences in 1961

Thursday October 18 2007 A CHRISTIAN Brother can be tried for multiple sexual offences dating back to 1961, the Supreme Court ruled. The man had failed in the High Court to prevent his trial going ahead and appealed the...
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The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland,

Vatican announces Brady as cardinal Wednesday, 17 October 2007 13:50 The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Dr Se?n Brady, is to be made a cardinal. Dr Brady, 68, is a native of Laragh in Co Cavan....
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"MARTIN CAHILL, MY FATHER" :

"MARTIN CAHILL, MY FATHER" : Autism Charity Unimpressed by Book 'Stunt' Sunday Independent, 14 October 2007 The president of the Irish Society for Autism (ISA) said last night that it was a total surprise to him that Frances Cahill, daughter...
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THE LAW SOCIETY OF NEW SOUTH WALES AND THE CASE OF NORA WALL

[The following article by solicitor Greg Walsh is from the Journal of the Law Society of New South Wales for June 2006. Again it seems to indicate that the Nora Wall case is being taken more seriously in Australia...
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FEW CONVICTIONS IN CHILD ABUSE CASES -

RTE News, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 16:01 The support group for victims of sexual abuse, One In Four, has said that only three out of every 1,000 alleged child sexual offences lead to a prosecution or conviction. At the...
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The Nun, the Rape Charge, and the Miscarriage of Justice: The Case of Nora Wall

[The following is a summary of a paper read by Catherine O'Sullivan, Law Department UCC at a conference held by the Law and Literature Association of Australia. The conference took place in the University of Melbourne in June 2006....
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FATHER ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE BY DR MOIRA WOODS NOW ON 6th DAY OF HUNGER STRIKE

Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 STATEMENT FROM EDDIE HERNON 'Having been party to the Medical Council Inquiry into the professional misconduct of Dr Moira Woods and as this matter, which dates back to January of 1987, and still has not...
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THE GENERAL, THE OBLATES AND "SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY"

Alliance Support I refer to my recent article "Martin Cahill and the Oblates at Daingean" [7th October] regarding Frances Cahill's proposed appearance on the Late Late Show to promote her book about her late father "The General". In May 2006...
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Kathy?s Real Story : A culture of false allegations exposed

by Hermann Kelly will be published on November 5th 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...
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Bishops' reasoning is flawed

By Vincent Browne Wed, Oct 10, 2007 On Sunday last the Irish Catholic bishops issued a statement on abortion which at least some of them must have known was disingenuous. It started with the claim that the words of...
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Bishops: Lay people must be given more power

08 October 2007 By Conor Ryan LAY people must be given greater responsibility and play a more influential role in the development of the Church, according to the bishops? group responsible for reforming parishes. In an effort to cope...
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RISING LABOUR POLITICIAN FALSELY ACCUSES RIVAL OF BEING A PAEDOPHILE (London, UK)

from The Times, 22 September 2007 [ You would not normally expect a liberal, gay politician to be the target of a false allegation of child abuse. The child abuse witch-hunt started as an attack on male authority figures...
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FALSELY ACCUSED SUE PROSECUTOR

(Duke University, North Carolina, USA) [This is the case where a black stripper falsely accused three white members of an elite lacrosse team of raping her. The liberal media assumed the guilt of the accused; so did many of the...
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Martin Cahill and The Oblates at Daingean

Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 12:02:54 +0100 (BST) From: Rory Connor To: latelate@rte.ie Pat Kenny Late Late Show Dear Pat, On a recent Liveline programme retired Garda Inspector Gerry O'Carroll furiously critised Frances Cahill's recent book about her father. At...
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Religious abuse lawyers? fees will reach ?250 million

Sunday, 07 October 2007 By Pat Leahy, Political Correspondent Lawyers for the victims of sexual and physical abuse in religious institutions will be paid up to ?250 million in costs by the time the compensation scheme is finished. The...
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Equal education for all children -- as long as they're Catholic

Independent.ie Non-denominational schools are the way forward for our changing society, writes Suhaila Kassim Catholic parents have first claim to enroll their children in most of the schools in Ireland. So, where oversubscription is widespread, unsurprisingly given the population boom,...
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Abuse victim alleges State intimidation

Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent, in Bandon Sat, Oct 06, 2007 A 42-year-old mother of two who lost a damages action against the Department of Education over abuse she suffered at the hands of a teacher has accused the department...
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Finances at state-funded charity were 'out of control'

Independent.ie Finances at the government-funded welfare facility for Irish emigrants were "out of control" despite a ?300,000 (?433,000) surplus in the bank, an Employment Tribunal has found. It awarded almost ?50,000 (?72,000) to the first lay director of the centre,...
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MARY RAFTERY AND "CATHOLICISM MAKES PEOPLE FAT"

[The following is from the blog of Sunday Times columnist Sarah Carey - www.sarahcarey.ie/ - and discusses Mary Raftery's latest obsession i.e. that the amount of time spent on religious education in schools is responsible for obesity in children....
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Bishop expresses 'deep sadness' at case

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent Wed, Oct 03, 2007 The Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick, Right Rev Michael Mayes, has expressed "deep personal sadness at the nature of the charges" to which Canon Joe Condell pleaded guilty yesterday....
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Former Church of Ireland cleric admits having child porn

Former Church of Ireland cleric Joseph Condell leaving Nenagh Circuit Court yesterday. Photograph: Fergal Shanahan James Hayden Wed, Oct 03, 2007 A former senior Church of Ireland cleric has pleaded guilty at Nenagh Circuit Court to having images of...
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Church wants compensation for handing over its schools

Independent.ie Church wants compensation for handing over its schools The Hierarchy said yesterday there would have to be some form of compensation in return for giving up control and patronage of some of the Church's 3,000 primary schools. Bishop Leo...
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