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May 2009 Archives

It's A Thin Line Between Church & State

  The trust that cabinet placed in the religious orders while negotiating a sweetheart deal to compensate abuse victims signals a long-standing cosy relationship between government and clergy, writes Justine McCarthy --> Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern held a private...
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Criminals in all but name

  Among the people given pseudonyms in the Ryan commission report, Sr Xaviera, the nun who defended her record on 'Prime Time' in 1996, stood out as 'extremely cruel', writes John Downes --> --> 'Sister Alida', in charge of Goldenbridge...
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Cloyne mass-goers walk out after sermon

  Justine McCarthy --> Dermot Ahern: report Mass-goers walked out of a church in the controversial Cloyne diocese last weekend in disgust at the officiating priest's sermon about child abuse in church-run industrial schools. Locum priest Fr Con O'Donovan made...
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We reveal 11 people given pseudonyms who are criticised in the abuse report

Exclusive - Named and shamed   John Downes, News Investigations Correspondent --> Sister Joseph Conception --> James Redmond aka Brother Eunan --> James Kelly AKA Brother Ambrose --> David Murray --> Myles Brady --> Sister Xaviera 1 2 3...
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Christian Brothers order should be given last rites

24 May 2009 By Vincent BrowneIt was not just the Christian Brothers and members of other religious orders who were culpable of the abuse of thousands of children from the 1930s onwards.Although they were the perpetrators of the abuse,...
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Christian Brothers order should be given last rites

24 May 2009 By Vincent BrowneIt was not just the Christian Brothers and members of other religious orders who were culpable of the abuse of thousands of children from the 1930s onwards.Although they were the perpetrators of the abuse,...
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Too late, the bishops begin to grasp scale of abuse disaster

Independent.ie   Had the hierarchy listened earlier to sympathetic critics, its congregation might be less devastated now, writes Colum Kenny 'HIT him again, he's a priest." The words of Dermot Clifford summing up the alleged attitude of RTE current affairs...
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Why I joined and left the Christian Brothers

Independent.ie   Sexual frustration, corporal punishment and pent-up anger combined to produce a sadly inevitable outcome, writes John Whelan I joined the Christian Brothers at 12. I don't mean I first went to the CBS at age 12; I signed...
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How the orders got more than they bargained for

Independent.ie   The government talked tough but then it backed down and gave the religious a better deal on abuse compensation than they had expected By MAEVE SHEEHAN Sunday May 31 2009 IN August 2000, a short newspaper report in...
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Paedophile ring 'abused children in State homes'

Independent.ie   Members of gardai, clergy and civil service infiltrated childcare system By JIM CUSACK Sunday May 31 2009 A well-organised paedophile ring involving civil servants, ex-clergy, members of political parties and even gardai infiltrated the child-care system in Ireland....
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The damage done

Sunday Business Post  Sunday, May 24, 2009 The lessons of the past should be learned. This is one of the main recommendations of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, which published a shocking report last Wednesday.The report said that...
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'Nun spat in my face on the street'

    Tormented abuse victim John Prior sits by a stark headstone at Rath Graveyard in Tralee which bears the names of children that attended St Joseph's Industrial School. Credit: Photo by Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus   By SIMON BROUDER sbrouder@kerryman.ie...
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Arrogant demand for control has not changed

  FINTAN O'TOOLE Tue, May 26, 2009 PSYCHIATRISTS DON'T cry. As they delve into unfathomable pain, they must remain completely unemotional. Last week, Prof Richard Green of Imperial College in London admitted that in 40 years of clinical work, there...
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The boy with the angelic face

  KEVIN O'CONNOR Tue, May 26, 2009 IT WAS a shock to see him in the bracelets, head down and into the prison van. Last time I saw him, was in my class in Christian Brothers, Limerick, circa 1952. He...
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Outrage could end up sidelining victims again

  CHARLIE TAYLOR Tue, May 26, 2009 THE DECISION to bar victims from attending the briefing announcing the publication of the Ryan report said more about our attitude towards abuse survivors than any amount of soul-searching or calls for justice...
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Orders disagree on involving wider Church

 Saturday, 30 May 2009 10:18 The 18 Catholic religious congregations criticised by the Child Abuse Commission have said they do not see a role for the broader Irish Church in examining their failures in their duty of care to...
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Gutless government and religious hypocrites as guilty as the abusers

  By Ryle Dwyer Saturday, May 30, 2009 MANY people felt a deep sense of betrayal over the disclosure that Bishop Eamon Casey had fathered a son, but in the last analysis what was betrayed was their own sense...
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Off the hook-NSPCC AND ISPCC

Off the hook Saturday, May 30, 2009 IT was the NSPCC and the ISPCC that had us taken to court, charged and sentenced, for a bounty. This has left us with a criminal conviction. Did they check these places...
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Response to report on child abuse in State institutions

  Sat, May 30, 2009 Madam, - President Mary McAleese has done the State a commendable service in forthrightly stating that the criminal members of the religious orders who committed such vile and shameful acts against the innocents in their...
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How we became an international disgrace

  Sat, May 30, 2009 OPINION: Ireland was not unique in its industrial schools but the nature of Irish Catholicism set it apart, writes TOM INGLIS  IRELAND HAS become an international disgrace. It is now known that we incarcerated thousands of...
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Industrial school system will be blot on Irish history forever - it will take time to fathom it

  Sat, May 30, 2009 We need to shed our certainty that all this abuse can be blamed on aberrant religious, writes BREDA O'BRIEN  IT IS fascinating to read the ISPCC's press release on the Ryan report. It attempts to...
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Reflections on the Ryan report

  Sat, May 30, 2009 IN THE first full week of reflection on the horrors contained in the report of the Ryan commission on institutional child abuse, we have seen the leaders of church and State struggle painfully towards an...
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Transfer schools to State, says Quinn

  COLM KEENA, Public Affairs Correspondent Sat, May 30, 2009 LABOUR PARTY: THE LABOUR Party has called on the 18 religious orders cited in the Ryan report to voluntarily transfer their schools to the State. Party spokesman on education Ruairí Quinn...
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Orders collectively express shame for the first time

  PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Sat, May 30, 2009 CHILD ABUSE REPORT: THE 18 congregations which signed the redress deal with the State in June 2002 have for the first time as a group expressed shame and asked forgiveness for...
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Taoiseach to meet victims and orders next week

  PATSY McGARRY and MARK HENNESSY Sat, May 30, 2009 TAOISEACH BRIAN Cowen last night sent out letters of invitation to groups representing former residents of institutions run by religious congregations to meet the Government in Dublin next Wednesday. Similar...
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Why us ... and why here?

Independent.ie   What made newly independent Ireland such a fertile ground for the litany of shameful abuse that the Ryan Report has unearthed? In November 1972, AJ Wallace, a 24-year-old former inmate of Artane Industrial School, who moved to London...
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Now politicians are taking advantage of abuse victims

Independent.ie   For a week the Irish people have wallowed in an orgy of sentimental breast-beating about the agony of children incarcerated in the Irish gulag of industrial schools. Politicians have expressed surprise and astonishment, then dismay and determination to...
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Former nun now working as a gardener at rehab facility

Independent.ie   By Jason O'Brien Saturday May 30 2009 A FORMER nun who is prominent in the child abuse report and whose 1999 conviction for the rape of a girl in her care was later declared a miscarriage of justice...
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I had to protect my family, says former mayor

Independent.ie   By Conor Kane Saturday May 30 2009 A FORMER politician who won the nation's sympathy with his description of abuse at an industrial school told yesterday how he previously defended the order involved in a bid to protect...
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Congregations committed to further contributions for abuse victims

Independent.ie   The eighteen religious orders named in the Ryan report have said they are committed to making further contributions to those who were abused in their care. The leaders of the congregations met in Dublin today and later issued...
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Congregations committed to further contributions for abuse victims

Independent.ie   The eighteen religious orders named in the Ryan report have said they are committed to making further contributions to those who were abused in their care. The leaders of the congregations met in Dublin today and later issued...
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The Redress Board Dublin Ireland.It's applicants and it's victims..

I do not agree with a further funding of the Redress Board for the following reasons:1.  It is a place of secrecy, exclusion and bewilderment. Unscrupulous applicants can, and have, given false statements to the Board.2 No proof of...
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Alliance committee statement

Alliance Victim Support Group Committee It has been a long time coming.   We are all tired. We are all exhausted by the continuing fighting with government departments (Redress Unit and Education and Science) and others to get a level of...
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An unholy secret that still haunts Ireland

        Its shame confirmed by an official report, it's time to  pronounce the last rites for the Roman Catholic Church in  Ireland     David Sharrock div#related-article-links p a, div#related-article-links p a:visited { color:#06c; } A storm...
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Response to report on child abuse in State institutions

  Fri, May 29, 2009 Madam, - I ran my own demons to earth a few short years ago and dealt with the fallout from the actions of a Christian Brother in a northside Dublin day school in the late...
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State must pay up, says abuse survivor

  BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent Fri, May 29, 2009 CORK ADDRESS: A CLERICAL abuse survivor yesterday urged the people of Ireland to call on the government to pay the maximum compensation allowed to every survivor under the redress scheme as a...
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This evil must not go unpunished

Independent.ie   It is with an aching sadness that I read of the tales of those who suffered at the hands of the Church. All the letter writers on this issue have expressed their truths with often soulful and always...
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Shame on those who did nothing

Independent.ie   Was it Edmund Burke who once said, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing"? In the light of this, surely many people including some members of the judiciary, the gardai, the...
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Complaints about abuse fell on deaf ears

Independent.ie   In 1963 my father, Joseph Cooke, was employed as a carpenter by a building company which did work for the Church. At the time he was assigned to work in the Artane Boys School for a couple of...
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Extent of clerical abuse is easily overestimated

    A relative of one of the victims of clerical sex abuse holds a copy of the Ryan Report after its publication last week. Photo: STEVE HUMPHREYS By David Quinn Friday May 29 2009 How many clergy are guilty...
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Cowen says orders must pay for 'shame that lives with us all'

    By Fionnan Sheahan, Michael Brennan and Patricia McDonagh Friday May 29 2009 Taoiseach Brian Cowen said last night that the report of the commission on child abuse was "one of the most important documents of our time". The...
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Plea to witnesses of child abuse

  View Gallery Published Date: 28 May 2009 Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has urged anybody who witnessed institutional child sex abuse to come forward with evidence that could help secure criminal prosecutions. Victims and those who have any information on...
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Glin: The Limerick councillor who shouted 'stop'

  Cllr Martin McGuire (on right) making a presentation to Ted Kennedy    28 May 2009 By Petula Martyn THE family of a councillor who demanded a public enquiry into all industrial schools in 1945 after seeing the injuries inflicted...
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To whom it may concern

To whom it may concern   Hello my name is Kieran Mullen , my father James Mullen was in artane industrial school   I have an acupuncture clinic in Clondalkin Dublin 22 and i would like to offer my...
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Response to report on child abuse in State institutions

  Thu, May 28, 2009 Madam, - I read today with growing incredulity the response given by the Christian Brothers to the suggestion that they should fund more of the €1.3 billion bill to be paid as compensation to victims of...
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Christian Brothers shifted properties worth €400m to trust in past year

  COLM KEENA Thu, May 28, 2009 THE CHRISTIAN Brothers have over the past year transferred ownership of their primary and secondary schools in the Republic to a new trust named after the order's founder. The value of the property...
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President calls for Ryan report prosecutions

  Thu, May 28, 2009 President Mary McAleese has said she believes there should be criminal prosecutions as a result of the Ryan report into institutionalised child abuse. Speaking from Boston on the final leg of a five-day official visit...
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Suffering of the abused must not be prolonged

  Thu, May 28, 2009 OPINION: Humility coupled with a protracted exercise in restitution is what is now required of the religious congregations, writes FR SEÁN HEALY  I APOLOGISE for the appalling abuse perpetrated by members of 18 congregations who are...
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Truth Behold by Chris Barry

Dear Mr Tom Hayes Firstly, let me congratulate you on your inspiring and informative web site. The last few days have certainty justified all your commitment to the survivors of abuse? My mother was at one of those childhood-robbing school...
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Truth Behold by Chris Barry

Dear Mr Tom Hayes Firstly, let me congratulate you on your inspiring and informative web site. The last few days have certainty justified all your commitment to the survivors of abuse? My mother was at one of those childhood-robbing school...
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Christian Brothers bow to pressure on abuse reparation

  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 07:13 PM The Christian Brothers, the worst offenders in the clerical child abuse scandal, tonight bowed to intense pressure and agreed to look for a possible new deal to make amends to its...
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Arrogant demand for control has not changed

    FINTAN O'TOOLE Tue, May 26, 2009 PSYCHIATRISTS DON'T cry. As they delve into unfathomable pain, they must remain completely unemotional. Last week, Prof Richard Green of Imperial College in London admitted that in 40 years of clinical work,...
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Government must act quickly if religious orders shirk their duty

  Wed, May 27, 2009 ANALYSIS: WHAT IS it about the Catholic Church and money? Why is it that the 18 religious congregations seem so desperate not to pay a penny more than their paltry contribution of €128 million (less than...
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'Substantial' payments sought from orders

  Taoiseach Brian Cowen at Government Buildings last night answering questions on the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse with Minister for Education Batt O'Keeffe (left) and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews.Photograph: Cyril Byrne...
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Christian Brothers' statement welcomed

  The former Christian Brothers industrial school at Letterfrack, Co Galway. In a statement yesterday, the order accepted its "culpability . . . moral obligation to former residents, to present and future generations of children and to society".Photograph: Joe OShaughnessy...
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Times-Letters Pages

Madam, - I was the first person in Ireland on the panel of the Late Late Show , over 40 years ago, to accuse the Irish Christian Brothers of abusing our children. On the panel with me that night were...
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Emotional trauma is a form of abuse, too

Independent.ie   I LISTENED with dismay to Bertie Ahern say during his interview on Ireland AM on Friday May 22 that not all children in the institutions listed in the Ryan report were abused, and he added: "Let's be clear...
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'I'm nauseated by the false idea this society was a caring one'

Independent.ie   I've had enough. I've had enough of the Ryan Commission's uncontested allegations being presented universally across the media as "findings". I've had enough of lesbian-nun tittle-tattle being packaged up as evidence of child abuse. I've had enough of...
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Let's prove we're sorry by ending hypocrisy

Independent.ie   By ALAN SHATTER Wednesday May 27 2009 Let's end the cant and hypocrisy. What is the difference between those in charge of religious congregations and orders covering up past abuse and neglect and today's government ministers and management...
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Wicked, debased 'special' world where children were destroyed

Independent.ie   Michael O'Brien was buggered by a Rosminian brother only two days after he was incarcerated in a residential institution. He'd been taken from home with his seven siblings, including his one-month old baby sister, after they were criminalised...
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Brothers to hand over millions for the abused

Independent.ie   'Shamed' order will transfer properties to separate trust By John Walshe, Shane Phelan and Paul Melia Wednesday May 27 2009 THE Christian Brothers will hand over properties worth tens of millions of euro to compensate victims of institutional...
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Bishops are first to show humility in face of this moral tsunami

Independent.ie   THE heads of religious orders have traditionally regarded themselves as intellectually a cut above Lord bishops, who have often reciprocated with shows of touchy paranoid inferiority in zealously protecting their role as the Irish church's official leaders and...
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Pope poised to step in as abuse fund rift deepens

  Cardinal puts pressure on orders to increase compensation cash By John Cooney, Fionnan Sheahan and Tom Brady Tuesday May 26 2009 THE prospect of the Pope intervening in the row over abuse compensation loomed large last night as bishops...
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Response to report on child abuse in State institutions

  Tue, May 26, 2009 Madam, - Having got over the shock of seeing my old bedroom in Artane (I didn't need to read the caption) after an absence of 55 years, in your edition of May 21st, I am...
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In the Irish gulags abusers roamed free because children didn't matter

By Fergus Finlay Tuesday, May 26, 2009 I DROVE to Clonmel on Sunday for the finals of an under-nines and under-10s football tournament. It was organised by Clonmel FC and brought together young footballers from the six Munster counties....
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Tarnished orders have a last chance at redemption

  Fr Michael Mernagh (the priest who made a protest "walk of atonement" from Cobh to Dublin), holds a copy of the report outside the Conrad Hotel in Dublin last week.Photograph: Frank Miller     ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN OPINION: Those...
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Response to report on child abuse in State institutions

  Mon, May 25, 2009 Madam, - Most recognise the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin as one of the more progressive religious leaders in the country. As an act of good faith, would he now consider donating some of the...
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Please remove stigma of my conviction

    Monday May 25 2009 I AM a lady of 76 and when Bertie Ahern made his apology in 1999, I had one thing on my mind -- the conviction I received in 1935 would be expunged. I was...
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Brave victim must not be forgotten

  Monday May 25 2009 I would like to put on record that the pseudonym 'Noah Kitterick' employed by the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse refers to Mr Peter Tyrell. It should enter the public record...
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Pressure grows to reopen abuse deal

      By Fionnan Sheahan and John Cooney Monday May 25 2009 RELIGIOUS orders were left increasingly isolated last night amid mounting pressure to give more money to the compensation fund for victims of institutional child abuse. The first...
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Archbishop calls for 'new gesture' from orders behind child abuse

  THE ARCHBISHOP of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, has called on Catholic religious congregations to make a "new gesture of recognition" of the abuse carried out in institutions they ran. Addressing the religious congregations who ran institutions criticised in the...
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Victims, Perpetrators And The Commission Voices Of Experience

      It is 11 yrs since I was in Artane and I don't forget one minute of it, neither do others, the injustices done to others and myself, I will see won't happen to others: Boys beaten, under...
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They were victims of a crime against humanity

Attn: Letters Editor   Editor, Sunday Independent     Dear Editor,   The exclusion of institutional abuse victims from the Ryan Commission's press conference, and the use of Gardai to expel them, served as a stark reminder that Ireland has...
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€32m in property not yet handed over to the state

  Eighteen orders have so far failed to pay their share of compensation, writes Martin Frawley --> Eighteen religious congregations have yet to hand over €32m worth of property as part of their share of compensation for sexually abusing children,...
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Concentration camps run by holy men and women

  All week the air has been full of mealy-mouthed words of apology, but do they really mean it, asks Justine McCarthy --> A child told a priest in confession how Brother X held him down while Brother Y sexually...
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How religious orders are responding to the Commission To Inquire into Child Abuse

  John Downes --> Artane: 'The safety of children was not a priority at any time during the relevant period' --> Daingean in Co Offaly: 'We unreservedly apologise for this' 1 2 new Control.Tabs('article_photos') Christian Brothers Ran six industrial...
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Brothers fail to stop the truth coming out

  The Ryan commission has not concealed its disgust at the behaviour of the Christian Brothers order, which fought the inquiry every step of the way. Justine McCarthy reports Mark Condren --> Kevin Flanagan, whose brother Mickey was abused in...
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Government deal allows religious orders to contribute just €8,700 per victim

Abuse report blasts nun cleared of rape   John Downes, Martin Frawley and Shane Coleman PA --> Former Mercy nun Nora Wall: was in charge of St Michael's home from the 1970s until the early 1990s when she was...
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Florence Horsman Hogan.

The charity 'Let Our Voices Emerge'held an AGM last night. While we have always voiced our support for the Religious Congregations through the years, on foot of what we see are unpreceedented revelations of records that the Catholic Church covered...
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Stop emoting, just show us the money Archbishop

    By Eoghan Harris Sunday May 24 2009 The Mahon Report will have taken 12 years, cost €300m, and leave no legacy except wealthy lawyers. The Ryan Report took 10 years, cost only €60m and leaves us with...
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Children's tales from their own private hell

  SHOWING SOLIDARITY: Lord Mayor of Dublin, Eibhlin Byrne, looks on as people sign a Book of Solidarity for those who suffered abuse, in The Mansion House, yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin     Sunday May 24 2009 THE shocking memories...
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Church and State both failed victims as inspectors drank tea in the parlour

Independent.ie   The 'good' Religious who did their best were let down badly by their leaders and the State, writes Florence Horsman Hogan I READ the Executive Summery of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report and felt sick....
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Church a 'disgrace', says anxious priest

    By CLAIRE O'KEEFFE Sunday May 24 2009 A prominent priest and sociologist believes that the Irish church is a "disgrace" and has not expressed proper regret at last week's revelations in the Ryan Report. "It's just a continuation...
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Catholic Church's grip still vice-like

Should the Catholic Church be abolished in Ireland? In any other organisation that preyed upon children, leaving them raped, psychologically damaged, suicidal, their families in turmoil and without recourse to justice, the question would not even arise. Yet such...
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Church power is incompatible with our modern democracy

  By Medb Ruane Saturday May 23 2009 Heartbreaking, shocking, with scenes of sexual and physical sadism. If it was a movie or game, the words would make it a best seller -- but it's not. Almost derailed by political...
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State let off the hook over its central role in abuse

    Saturday May 23 2009 The Department of Education was allowed monitor the investigation of its shortcomings Among all the terrible things that happened to thousands of boys and girls sent to the juvenile prisons in Ireland, worst of...
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Church abuse fund won't even cover €140m bill for legal fees

    The scene at Daingean Reformatory School, Co Offaly, this week, which was owned by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The report by Judge Ryan described a frequently cruel regime of punishment, with boys suffering extreme violence.   By...
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Response to report on child abuse in State institutions

Sat, May 23, 2009 Madam, - As a plain ordinary citizen of Ireland, a mother, a daughter and a sister, I am disgusted to the point of total revulsion by the child abuse report just released. The monsters who...
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Bishop says report reveals church's 'shameful betrayal of sacred trust'

KATHRYN HAYES in Limerick Sat, May 23, 2009 CONFERENCE SPEECH: THE CHURCH's failure to protect those in its care, as highlighted in the report on child abuse at State-run institutions, was a "shameful betrayal of a sacred trust", a conference...
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Dublin Lord Mayor to open book for abused

ÉANNA Ó CAOLLAÍ, HARRY McGEE and PATSY McGARRY Sat, May 23, 2009 A book of solidarity to the victims of child abuse in Ireland will open in Dublin this morning. Lord Mayor of Dublin Ebhlin Byrne said she had...
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Taxpayers pick up the bill while abusers get secrecy and protection

Michael Woods: negotiated abysmal deal for the taxpayer Members of SOCA (Survivors of Child Abuse) outside the Conrad Hotel in Dublin during the release of the Commission into Child Abuse report; members of the organisation were denied entry. The...
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Limerick's hell on earth

Limerick's hell on earth Glin Industrial School     By Norma Prendiville THE conspiracy of secrecy has finally been blown on the systematic regime of terror that operated Glin Industrial School, which saw hundreds of young boys regularly beaten, bullied...
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Lastest Redress Board Newsletter

Newsletter May 2009Wednesday, 20th May 2009 This is the 17th in a series of newsletters which the Board has decided to produce to keep applicants informed from time to time as to the procedures it follows and other developments. The...
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Dealing with a legacy of institutional abuse

Independent.ie   Now that the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report is out we know what everyone knew all along. The State entrusted the care of Irish children to institutions of the Roman Catholic Church with horrific results. So...
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State lost high-stakes game with two nuns

Independent.ie   By Sam Smyth Friday May 22 2009 Two nuns held a pair of deuces while the most experienced minister in the Government folded a full-house in a winner-takes-all game of poker with the Catholic Church. That's what happened...
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Still missing full story behind the children 'shovelled into schools'

      The industrial school graveyard at Letterfrack: 'The record will no more satisfy the abused than it will the general public,' writes Bruce Arnold By Bruce Arnold Thursday May 21 2009 THE five-volume Report of the Commission to...
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Saying never again means little unless we find out why

Independent.ie   By DAVID QUINN Friday May 22 2009 For practising Catholics there is only one appropriate response to the report of the Child Abuse Commission, and it is one of deep, unadulterated shame. How can this have happened? How...
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State refuses to wipe clean records of young 'offenders'

  By Dearbhail McDonald Friday May 22 2009 FORMER residents of reformatory schools who were jailed for offences such as petty theft will not have their criminal records wiped clean. The Government last night said it has no plans...
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Orders irate at 'too few' committals

  By DearBhail McDonald Friday May 22 2009 RELIGIOUS orders complained bitterly to government departments that judges were sending too few children to industrial schools, threatening their economic viability, writes Dearbhail McDonald. They even implored former Justice Minister, the...
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Children used as a cash crop by schools

Independent.ie   By Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent Friday May 22 2009 Children in industrial schools were forced to work on farms, make rosary beads and become involved in trades from carpentry to shoemaking to make money. The Artane Boys' Band,...
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Last vestiges of order that ruled with iron rod

  By Shane Phelan Friday May 22 2009 THEIR past pupils include several Taoisigh, business high-fliers such as Tesco CEO Terry Leahy, and Hollywood actors Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne. At one time they boasted 1,300 brothers in Ireland...
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The indemnity deal at a glance

  The indemnity deal brokered between the Government and 18 religious orders was signed in the late days of the last government in June 2002. The Oireachtas did not vote on the indemnity deal and the agreement, signed by...
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Victims suffered huge betrayal -- McAleese

  PRESIDENT Mary McAleese yesterday praised the courage of institutional abuse victims, describing their suffering as an atrocious betrayal of love. Mrs McAleese said those responsible, which includes priests, nuns and Church and state officials, would be reflecting on...
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Martin rebukes bishop over child abuse gaffe

Independent.ie   Angry archbishop hits out at prelate who praised priests By John Cooney, Shane Phelan and Shane Hickey Friday May 22 2009 THE Archbishop of Dublin last night issued an unprecedented public rebuke to the head of the...
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Fresh calls to revise abuse compensation levels

  Independent The Government today faced calls to revise its capped compensation scheme for thousands of victims of clerical child abuse. A deal struck by the Fianna Fail-led coalition in 2002 limited the amount religious orders would pay at...
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Response into child abuse in state run institutions

Madam, - I note that none of the apologies emanating from Catholic Church leaders following the publication of the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse used the term "crimes against children". Instead they favoured descriptions such as...
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Barnardos deplores Brother's remarks

  The Artane Boys' Industrial School, now called St David's, which was run by the Christian Brothers and was named in yesterday's report on child abuse. Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay said he was "almost tongue-tied" at the suggestion the...
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No legal basis to amend €127m abuse deal, says Government

    STEPHEN COLLINS HARRY McGEE and SENIOR GOVERNMENT figures have said there is no legal basis to renegotiate the 2002 agreement with religious orders that capped their liability for institutional child abuse at €127 million. Taoiseach Brian Cowen said...
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Victims haunted by childhood experience

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The savage reality of our darkest days

  THE REPORT of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse is the map of an Irish hell. It defines the contours of a dark hinterland of the State, a parallel country whose existence we have long known but never...
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'URGENT CLARIFICATION REGARDING BRIAN HAYES ASSERTION ON MORNING IRELAND CONCERNING CUTS TO REDRESS BOARD.

Statement of Redress BoardThursday, 21st May 2009 The Board wishes to acknowledge the statement below issued by the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O'Keeffe, T.D. in response to comments made on Morning Ireland today regarding a reduction in funding...
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State of shame

    Kevin Flanagan, whose late brother suffered abuse, gestures after being denied entry to the press briefing yesterday. To his left is John Kelly of the victims group SOCA     The State stood idly by as thousands of...
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Abuse raised concerns only when a threat to congregation Brutality and dire conditions in climate of fear

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Victims angry at being excluded

  CHARLIE TAYLOR     PRESS CONFERENCE: ANGRY SCENES erupted at the Conrad Hotel yesterday as victims of child abuse and representative groups were barred from attending the press conference announcing the publication of the commission's report. At one stage,...
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Brother's trail of abuse in school after school

  EITHNE DONNELLAN Thu, May 21, 2009 REPEAT OFFENDER: A FORMER Christian Brother who was sacked as principal of a primary school in Co Offaly after complaints were made that he was molesting boys was given a "glowing reference" on...
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Christian Brothers Schools - Artane

One of the dormitories at Artane industrial school where sexual abuse of boys by brothers was a "chronic problem" the report found....
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Systematic abuse in State institutions laid bare07

Thousands of children suffered physical and sexual abuse over several decades in residential institutions run by religious congregations Editorial: The savage reality of our darkest days Abuse was widespread in State institutions Report a monument to a society's shame Victims...
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Our Lady of Succour Industrial School, Newtownforbes ('Newtownforbes'), 1869-1969

  Chapter 10 Introduction 10.01Newtownforbes was chosen as the first module for investigation by the Committee because, at that time, there were just six complaints made against the School. The scheduling of the hearings was halted, however, by the review...
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Child Abuse Commission - Executive Summary

   Executive Summary Executive Summary The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was established in 2000 with functions including the investigation of abuse of children in institutions in the State. It was dependent on people giving evidence which they did...
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Irish church 'knew of child abuses'

News Europe   Victims' groups had mixed reactions to the report, with some feeling cheated by a 'lack of justice' [AFP] Catholic church leaders were aware of widespread abuse of children, including rape, beatings and humiliation, that took place in...
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Report: Religious congregations unwilling to accept responsibility for abuse

  The report in to child abuse has found that religious congregations are not prepared to accept responsibility for the abuse perpetrated by their members. The long-awaited report finds that the State's system of inspection for schools and other institutions...
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Child abuse: get set for new round of shock, horror and hypocrisy

  By Fergus Finlay Tuesday, May 19, 2009 OVER the next week or so, we will see another couple of reports that will confirm, once again, how children really don't matter in Ireland. And once again we will be...
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Church abuse inquiry findings due

  Testimonies from victims and the behaviour of priests will be considered Two inquiries into the alleged abuse of children by Catholic orders in the Republic of Ireland are to publish their findings. One probe, involving up to 500...
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The end of a decade of inquiry

  Ms Justice Mary Laffoy resigned as chairwoman of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, in protest at the Department of Education's lack of cooperation. Photographs: Marcelo Arruda/Getty, Alan Betson     The Child Abuse Commission will next week...
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PUBLICATION OF THE COMMISSION'S REPORT

May we refer to the article "PUBLICATION OF THE COMMISSION'S REPORT "by Brenda McVeigh, Secretary to the Commission dated 29th April 2009.   It appears that the Commission expects to publish its report on Wednesday, 20th May 2009.   We...
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STILL NO LESSONS LEARNED!

Thousands of children at risk of abuse have no social worker CARL O'BRIEN, Social Affairs Correspondent Thu, May 14, 2009 A TOTAL of more than 6,500 cases of children at risk of abuse or neglect have not been allocated a...
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Jersey Children's Home Resident Michael Aubin Guilty Of Abuse

  The Times, May 13, 2009 by Simon de Bruxelles[ NOTE: This is the sole conviction to date following last years hysteria about allegations of child killing and child abuse at Haut De La Garenne - and the man...
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56 Allegations Of Clerical Child Abuse In 2008

 RTE news Tuesday, 24 February 2009  Ireland's Catholic dioceses notified 56 allegations of clerical child abuse to the church's independent board that monitors child protection last year.   The first annual report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children...
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CANADA: Residential School Payouts Gambled Away

  The Calgary Herald , Richard Wagamese, Sunday, February 01, 2009   [ There is a similar problem in Ireland regarding payments from the Residential Institutions Redress Board. ] My mother called me near the tail end of last year. That...
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Canada "Truth and Reconciliation":

Canada "Truth and Reconciliation": Two Involved With Harry LaForme Departure ResignIndian Country Today by Kate Harries Feb 13, 2009   Photo courtesy Indian Residential Schools TRC Justice Harry LaForme, Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair TORONTO -...
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Sexually abused children must have maximum legal protection

  Sat, May 09, 2009  Irish Times Absolute liability has been used sparingly in the past, but it is vital the DPP has this option, writes BREDA O'BRIEN . REMEMBER MR A, who plied a child of 12 with Bacardi Breezers...
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Lawyers admit error over probe on clerical child abuse

    By Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor Saturday May 09 2009 A LEADING law firm which advises the HSE has apologised to Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan after a "serious error" by them led her to suspend a key investigation into...
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TEXAS POLYGAMY: Judge Lets FLDS Girl Move In With Relative

  The 14-year-old is the only sect member still in Texas custody after the YFZ raid.by Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2009   The only FLDS child still in Texas state custody after last year's raid of a...
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The feminist sirens remained quiet. For the victim is a man

    By KEVIN MYERS Tuesday May 05 2009 There seems to be no empathy, no regard, no compassion for male victims. And the case of Michael Hannon is particularly shocking I looked, and of course, I looked in vain,...
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Just 1-in-10 Reports Of Rape End In Conviction

by Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor, Irish Independent, April 30 2009FEWER than one in 10 reports of rape to gardai results in a criminal conviction, a groundbreaking new study has revealed.More than eight out of ten Irish rape victims had...
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DPP Lost File On Bogus Sexual Assault Claim Case

Sunday Business Post, 03 May 2009 by John Burke and Ian KehoeThe Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) lost the file that exonerated a man wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a ten-year-old girl. The error led to a delay of...
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MICHAEL CLIFFORD ON MICHAEL FEICHIN HANNON

Michael Clifford - "Once again, agencies of the state appear to have been more concerned with protecting themselves rather than the citizen"Sunday Tribune, 3 May 2009 by Michael Clifford Michael Feichin Hannon: suffered at the hands of the stateTHEY...
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Psychologist Acquitted Of Molestation Charges [Philadelphia, USA]

The Delaware County Daily Times,  Friday, May 1, 2009by MARLENE DiGIACOMO mdigiacomo@delcotimes.comMEDIA COURTHOUSE -- Dr. Jerry Lazaroff had steadfastly denied he was a child molester and a jury agreed Friday, acquitting the 60-year-old psychologist of all charges.Lazaroff, with tears...
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Death of Sister John Scully

   For immediate release.The death of Sister John Scully in the early hours of this morning is of historic relevance for Ireland as she is one of the last nuns to run the Irish Industrial Schools.The 92 years old ran...
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Death of Sister John Scully

   For immediate release.The death of Sister John Scully in the early hours of this morning is of historic relevance for Ireland as she is one of the last nuns to run the Irish Industrial Schools.The 92 years old ran...
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