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July 2009 Archives

Abuse report referred to court

  The Irish Times takes no responsibility for the contentor availability of other websites Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern today asked the High Court to decide on whether the latest report into child abuse in the Catholic Church can be...
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Reprise for a raggy boy

  'I wish that I could write again because I'd write it like it really was,' says Cork poet and playwright Patrick Galvin.Photograph: Billy MacGill The recent Ryan report on child abuse reawakened Patrick Galvin's anger; but this time illness...
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Clerical child abuse inquiry bill jumps from €2.5m to €136m

Independent.ie   By AINE KERR Thursday July 30 2009 THE state inquiry into clerical child abuse could end up costing more than the €128m paid out by the religious orders in compensation payments. Taxpayers will fork out up to €136m...
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Over €1m 'wasted' on vaccine trials challenge

  By Juno McEnroe Thursday, July 30, 2009 OVER €1 million in taxpayers' money was wasted on reviewing issues surrounding the testing of vaccines on children because of a legal challenge, according to the State's spending watchdog. The Comptroller...
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Ryan report - Policy is fine, but delivery is better

  Wednesday, July 29, 2009 "The damage caused by a culture that tolerated and even encouraged physical, sexual and emotional abuse for decades will not be undone by words alone. It is by implementing this action plan that we will...
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Taking care of our children

    Wed, Jul 29, 2009 THE PUBLICATION last May of the Ryan report into institutional child abuse was a truly shocking moment in Irish history. It provided a graphic insight into the extraordinary and horrific scale of abuse...
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Orders won't have to pay a penny towards Ryan plans

        Victim of institutional abuse Michael O'Brien confronts Children's Minister Barry Andrews at yesterday's press conference to lay out the implementation plan of recommendations following the Ryan report into abuse at State-run institutions     Wednesday July...
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Child Abuse Commission to cost up to €136m

  Independent.ie   The Comptroller and Auditor General says the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse could end up costing the State as much as €136m. The Commission was originally given a two-year timeframe in which to complete its...
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On right path but sins of the Church not forgotten

    Abuse of children in industrial schools was first reported to the Cumann na nGaedhael government of WT Cosgrave in 1929, but nothing was done and it continued Wednesday July 29 2009 THE Government's post-Ryan Commission child protection blueprint...
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State employees to be obliged to report abuse

  CARL O'BRIEN, Social Affairs Correspondent Tue, Jul 28, 2009 Teachers, nurses and other State employees who deal with children will be obliged to report cases of suspected child abuse to authorities under new reforms to strengthen the child protection...
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Demand for counselling up after Ryan

Ireland   Tuesday, 28 July 2009 14:06 Waiting lists for the National Counselling Service have increased substantially following last May's publication of the Ryan Report on clerical abuse, according to the Minister for Children. Speaking at the unveiling of...
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Demand for counselling up after Ryan

  Tuesday, 28 July 2009 14:06 Waiting lists for the National Counselling Service have increased substantially following last May's publication of the Ryan Report on clerical abuse, according to the Minister for Children. Speaking at the unveiling of the...
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17 out of 18 religious orders meet July 'finances' deadline

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Tue, Jul 28, 2009 SEVENTEEN OF the 18 religious congregations party to the 2002 redress agreement with the State are now understood to have presented details of their financial position to the Government, as...
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Bodies that fail to report abuse face funding cut

CARL O'BRIEN, Social Affairs Correspondent Tue, Jul 28, 2009 State agencies and voluntary bodies which fail to report suspected cases of child abuse face losing public funding as part of a series of measures aimed at strengthening child protection services....
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Abuse redress scheme limited to children under 18

  MARY CAROLAN Tue, Jul 28, 2009 THE SUPREME Court has overturned a High Court decision that the 2002 law restricting redress for abuse in residential institutions to children under 18 is unconstitutional. The High Court finding in favour of...
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Publishing abuse report is crucial for victims

   MARY RAFTERY OPINION: The report on child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese should be published in its entirety and not in instalments COMMISSION OF inquiry reports are a bit like buses these days - you wait ages for them and...
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Publishing abuse report is crucial for victims

MARY RAFTERY OPINION: The report on child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese should be published in its entirety and not in instalments COMMISSION OF inquiry reports are a bit like buses these days - you wait ages for them and then...
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Individual voices of abused not being heard in debate

Independent.ie   By Bruce Arnold Monday July 27 2009 John Kelly is a leading figure among the abused. Few people in the past 10 years can be unaware of his Daingean ordeal, flogged on the staircase of that abominable institution,...
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Gangland associate of 'General' pens play about clerical abuse

Independent.ie   By JIM CUSACK Sunday July 26 2009 A former associate of some of the biggest and most notorious Dublin gangsters who was caught up in gangland violence in the 1990s and served time in prison for armed robbery...
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Individual voices of abused not being heard in debate

Independent.ie   By Bruce Arnold Monday July 27 2009 John Kelly is a leading figure among the abused. Few people in the past 10 years can be unaware of his Daingean ordeal, flogged on the staircase of that abominable institution,...
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Pilgrims told Church must repent over abuse

    Pilgrims make their way up and down Croagh Patrick in Mayo yesterday By JOHN COONEY Monday July 27 2009 Revelations of clerical child abuse have pained Catholics beyond words, the 18,000 wind-swept and rain-drenched pilgrims who reached the...
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EXPOSED - Finally

  The Sunday Times has done the unbelivable as far as many people would be concerned. One of their journalists Colin Coyle this week revisited a story of a woman who had achieved best seller status world wide and...
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What Turns Our Catholic Priests Into Monsters

  A culture of denial, silence and sexual repression all helped create abusers, who were often sent abroad. By John Downes, Public Affairs Correspondent --> --> Paedophile priest: Fr Sean Fortune --> Paedophile priest: Fr Brendan Smyth Shutterstock --> Paedophile...
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Suspect priests were shielded, report reveals

Independent.ie   By MAEVE SHEEHAN Sunday July 26 2009 THE long-awaited report on how Cardinal Desmond Connell and other members of the Catholic hierarchy in Dublin handled child sex abuse allegations has shocked senior officials in the Department of Justice....
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Abuse survivors in UK step up campaign

    Saturday, 25 July 2009 22:10 Survivors of institutional abuse who are now living in Britain have stepped up their campaign to be allowed to make late compensation applications to the Redress Board. It is estimated that up...
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'I put my faith in Bertie Ahern . . . I couldn't have been more wrong'

Independent.ie   Andrew Madden -- the bestselling author of 'Altar Boy' -- anxiously waits to see what comes of this week's report into Church sex abuse in Dublin . . . and wonders will his years of patience be justified...
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Religious orders miss deadline to submit financial statements

  PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Sat, Jul 25, 2009 ANOTHER DEADLINE has been missed by religious congregations in presenting a report on their financial position to Government, as agreed by them following publication of the Ryan report last May....
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Abuse only matters when it's the Church

  By DAVID QUINN Friday July 24 2009 Sometime in the next few days or weeks the report into child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese will be published. Unless we have suffered outrage fatigue as a result of the...
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Defending the Magdalene laundries

  JOE JOYCE Thu, Jul 23, 2009 July 23rd, 1901: AT THE turn of the 20th century, the Irish Party at Westminster strongly and successfully opposed moves by the British government to give factory inspectors powers to inspect the Magdalene laundries...
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Gardai to probe 100 new cases of abuse

Independent.ie   Wave of calls to hotline in the wake of Ryan report horrors By Tom Brady, Senan Molony and John Cooney Wednesday July 22 2009 GARDAI investigating allegations against clerical child abusers are now pursuing almost 100 fresh complaints....
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Report identifies 450 victims of abuse

Ireland     Tuesday, 21 July 2009 17:47 The Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin has identified up to 450 victims of alleged and proven child sexual abusers ministering under its authority. The revelation comes as the Government-appointed Commission of Investigation...
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Day school abuse victims receive little compensation

    By Catherine Shanahan Tuesday, July 21, 2009 CHILDREN sexually abused in day schools have received little compensation from the State, with just five payments made out of 141 cases in the past three years. The State Claims...
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Four members of Ryan commission still on payroll

    PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Mon, Jul 20, 2009 TWO MONTHS following publication of the Ryan commission report on May 20th, four members of that commission remain in situ, in unexplained circumstances. All four are being paid...
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Ryan chairman in row over cost of child abuse inquiry

  19 July 2009 By John Burke and Ian KehoeThe chairman of the Ryan Commission into institutional abuse has criticised the state's independent spending watchdog over an unpublished report examining its work.Mr Justice Sean Ryan took the unusual step of...
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Compassionate face of an arrogant Catholic Church

Independent.ie   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is out of place in a disgraced and dishonoured Church, writes Emer O'Kelly HIS Grace Diarmuid Martin, DD, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, a 64-year-old scholar now in religious charge of his native city, has...
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MPs have called for urgent action to stop teachers' careers being ruined by false allegations.

Accused teachers 'presumed guilty'There is evidence that teachers are seen as "guilty" until they are proven to be innocent, a report by the Commons schools select committee said.Heads are under too much pressure to refer cases to local authorities,...
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In memory - Bethany Home

Bethany Home In memory Chidren born in the Bethany Home from 1921-1972. For those children who died before the age of 5, for all of those people who survived, but have had health problems to deal with throughout their...
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Sisters of Mercy Convent

Kerryman.ie   Sir, I would like to bring to Bishop Murphy's attention and the wider communities of the Kerry Dioceses that his statement read out at all Masses on the weekend of May 23 and 24 may have given the...
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Survivors of abuse still waiting for counselling

Independent.ie   By Eimear Ni Bhraonain Monday July 13 2009 NINETY survivors of institutional abuse are on a waiting list to access counselling services across the country. The surge in calls to the National Counselling Service (NCS) since the Ryan...
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Florence Horsman Hogan - i'm here to protect Nora Wall

F.G deputy Charlie Flansgan has brought up allegations against Nora Wall as being due fact. Nora doesn't engage with the mnedia because of the negative impacts of the past. I'm sure my friends amongst you in the media will understand...
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Cardinal refuses role for bishops in talks on new payout deal

  By JOHN COONEY   The leader of the Catholic Church has ruled out any involvement by the bishops in new negotiations between the Government and the religious orders for more compensation to victims of abuse. But Cardinal Sean Brady...
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Catholic clergy braced for fallout from abuse report

Independent.ie  By MAEVE SHEEHAN Sunday July 12 2009 CATHOLIC clergy are preparing for an onslaught of criticism in the long-awaited report on the hierarchy's handling of paedophile priests, due to be given to the government this week. The report will...
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Bishop agrees to revisit Ossory abuse claims

Parents receive invitation to discuss allegations of sexual and physical abuse against two teachers   Justine McCarthy   --> Bishop Séamus Freeman: has offered to meet the parents of children who were allegedly abused in a national school in...
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The Institutional Child Abuse Bill 2009.

From: Albert King [mailto:albertking36@tiscali.co.uk] Sent: 11 July 2009 19:27To: 'ruairi.quinn@oireachtas.ie'; 'pat.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie'; 'eamon.gilmore@oireachtas.ie'; 'jan.osullivan@oireachtas.ie'; 'enda.kenny@finegael.ie'; 'ocaolain@oireachtas.ie'; 'ciaran.cuffe@oireachtas.ie'; 'brian.hayes@oireachtas.ie'; 'charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie'; 'michael.higgins@oireachtas.ie'; 'sean_haughey@education.gov.ie'; 'privateoffice@taoiseach.gov.ie'; 'Minister_OKeeffe@education.gov.ie'; 'minister's_office@health.irlgov.ie'; 'barry.andrews@oireachtas.ie'; 'bandrews@oireachtas.ie'; 'omc@health.gov.ie'; 'E.dewhurst@lawsociety.ie'; 'dermot@dermotahern.ie'; 'info@senatordavidnorris.ie'; 'miriam.smith@oireachtas.ie'; 'miriam@senatordavidnorris.ie' Subject: The Institutional Child Abuse Bill 2009.  ...
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Sex abuse scandals spark rise in calls to watchdog

Independent.ie   By STEPHEN O'FARRELL Thursday July 09 2009 THE Ryan report and other child abuse scandals triggered a surge in complaints to the children's rights watchdog. Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan revealed that her office received 810 complaints last year...
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Ryan recommendations 'must not be delayed by downturn'

Independent.ie   By Ralph Riegel Thursday July 09 2009 THE recommendations of the Ryan report on institutional child abuse should not be delayed by the economic downturn, a union chief warned. New Irish National Teachers Union (INTO) general-secretary Sheila Nunan...
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Labour motion on abuse defeated

 Wednesday, 8 July 2009 20:59 The Labour Party motion arising out of the publication of the Ryan Report into institutional child abuse has been defeated without a vote. Labour's Liz McManus had told the Dáil the motion sought to...
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Dominicans react to Ryan report on abuse

  PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Mon, Jul 06, 2009 THE NEED for reforms arising from the Ryan report has been expressed in two publications from the Dominican congregation, one of the 18 which managed residential institutions for children investigated...
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Background on the Bethany Home

Derek Leinster former resident of the Protestant Evangelical Bethany Home (Rathgar, Dublin), "calls on the Heads of Irish Protestant Churches to support putting the Bethany Home into the Irish government's redress scheme".The Bethany Home was run by an interdenominational committee...
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Government may not name abusing priests

  State fears compromising prosecutions by publishing Dublin archdiocese report in full John Downes, News Investigations Correspondent --> Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: says Dublin diocesan report will 'shock us all' The government may decide not to publish in full the names...
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Religious orders betrayed themselves

  Independent.ie     Contributions to the RTE 'Spirit Level' programme on Sunday, June 28, demonstrate that there is a continued need to hold to account congregations who even still wish to cast themselves the victimised and betrayed. If...
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Protestant abuse victims must also be heard

  Wed, Jul 01, 2009 OPINION: Victims of Protestant prejudice and State neglect are at a disadvantage, writes DEREK LEINSTER  YOU DON'T have to be a Catholic to be listened to as a victim of institutional abuse, but it seems to...
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Abused were hidden in clear sight, says ombudsman

  PATSY McGARRY Wed, Jul 01, 2009 FOLLOWING THE Ryan report "we all emerge . . . somewhat lost, unbalanced, the touchstone of our former beliefs and certainties cast adrift," the Ombudsman and Information Commissioner Emily O'Reilly has said. "We...
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Sr Stan apologises for abuse by her order

  Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, a member of the Sisters of Charity, yesterday apologised on behalf of the order to those who were abused in the care of the sisters.Photograph: Alan Betson    PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent SISTER STANISLAUS Kennedy...
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