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July 2010 Archives

Abuse survivor wants swift end to turmoil at Right of Place group

  By Jennifer Hough Saturday, July 31, 2010 FORMER Fianna Fáil mayor and institutional abuse survivor Michael O'Brien said it was imperative that ongoing difficulties with Cork-based survivor group Right of Place be "solved once and for all".  Mr O'Brien...
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Proposed Statutory Fund

Public Consultation Proposed Statutory Fund to support the needs of Survivors of Residential Institutional Child Abuse. The Government has announced its proposal to use €110m of the offers of contributions from religious Congregations to establish and operate a Statutory...
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Sexual assault conviction quashed

  Thu, Jul 29, 2010 A RETIRED school teacher succeeded yesterday in overturning his conviction for sexually abusing a former pupil over 40 years ago. The Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the man's conviction for 10 counts of indecent assault,...
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McGahern 'first to take child abuse out of dark'

  MARESE McDONAGH Mon, Jul 26, 2010 SUMMER SCHOOL: JOHN McGAHERN was the first person in Irish literature to write about the taboo of child abuse but he paid a heavy price for being an early whistleblower, a seminar in the...
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'Surgeon's knife' has cut abuse evil from church, says new bishop

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Religion Correspondent Monday July 26 2010 IRELAND'S new bishop has admitted that "the surgeon's knife" had been necessary to rid the Catholic Church of the evil of clerical child abuse. In his first address as...
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Three long-lost brothers reunited at last after 65 YEARS apart

By Daily Mail Reporter Three brothers whose family was torn apart when they were children have been reunited after 65 years apart. Patrick, Vincent and John O'Hara had not been in the same room together since the 1940s, when they...
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Without reform vulnerable children will remain at risk

Independent.ie   AS State pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster outlined the causes of the death of teenager Christopher O'Driscoll in May 2009, members of his social care team wept. How could they not, when they heard that the troubled teen (17),...
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Two Redemptorist priests moved

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Sat, Jul 24, 2010 TWO PRIESTS who are the subject of sex abuse allegations have been moved from the Redemptorist community at Esker in east Galway to another of the congregation's communities which has...
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NI abuse victims meet Robinson & McGuinness

Thursday, 22 July 2010 10:16   Victims of institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland are due to meet the First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont this morning. The meeting, which is expected to last...
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Failures in foster care services

Irish Times     19 July 2010 IT IS impossible to overstate the extent of the failures highlighted in foster care services across parts of Dublin. Reports published by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) show these services were in a...
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Church needs a sense of proportion and a little spin

  ANN MARIE HOURIHANE Mon, Jul 19, 2010 The Catholic Church goes around shooting itself in the foot and Peter Mandelson offends the masses AH, THE Catholic Church: the only organisation left in the modern world that manages to conceive...
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Archbishop's 'adversarial' role in abuse case blasted

  John Downes, News Investigations Correspondent Julien Behal/PA --> Martin: accused of 'adversarial' legal approach Sunday Tribune The Catholic archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has been accused of adopting an excessively "adversarial" legal approach to the recent financial...
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Lawyers tout for late abuse redress claims

By ALISON O'RIORDAN Sunday July 18 2010 FIVE years after it was supposed to shut up shop solicitors are again touting for customers to claim compensation from the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB). So far, solicitors have earned €148m in...
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Professionals must take up key abuse role

  Sat, Jul 17, 2010 Use of qualified people if someone approaches a voluntary group with an allegation would protect all concerned, writes BREDA O'BRIEN  THE VATICAN may have scored yet another own goal by publishing decrees on ordination of...
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We must not give the State more power to fail children

Independent.ie   By David Quinn Friday July 16 2010 Everyone is for children's rights and there is probably no one in the country more for children's rights than the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan. The other day, Logan repeated her...
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Vatican 'toughens' laws on abuse

  The rule changes were prepared by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the department Pope Benedict headed as a cardinal for nearly 25 years   The Vatican today made sweeping revisions to its laws on sexual abuse...
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Ex-Brother pleads guilty in abuse case

  A former Christian Brother who admitted to indecently assaulting six pupils at two Dublin schools more than 40 years ago has been jailed for 12 months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Diarmuid Ó Luanaigh (75), Bettyglen, Raheny, Dublin, pleaded...
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Children can't be left one more report from safety

Dearbhail McDonald   Children's shoes left on the railings of Dail Eireann after a child abuse protest last year. Picture:Steve Humphreys Wednesday July 14 2010 THEY make my desk at work look sophisticated, erudite even, those worthy reports on children's...
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Priest told boy he 'wouldn't go to Heaven' if abuse reported

    Ex-priest Patrick Hughes faced multiple child sex abuse charges.   By Conor Gallagher Wednesday July 14 2010 A SEX offender priest at the centre of a section of the Murphy Report that was controversially edited was jailed yesterday...
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Papal apologies are all well and good - now is the time for action

  FR ROBERT HOATSON Tue, Jul 06, 2010 RITE & REASON: If clerical abuse victims are to recover, the Vatican must heed this five-point plan THE POPE has apologised to victims of clergy sexual abuse in face-to-face meetings in Washington DC,...
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Year delay before abuse inquiry decides on documents

By Claire O'Sullivan Monday, July 05, 2010 IT will be another year before it will be known if the Ryan Commission's one million written documents and oral testimony will be destroyed. The oral testimony, while of potentially enormous historical...
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State in denial over Magdalenes-Irish Times Letters

Madam, - Last Friday week I attended a meeting with senior Department of Justice officials. I had been invited as a representative of the survivor advocacy group, Justice for Magdalenes (JFM). We are campaigning to bring about an apology...
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Archbishop condemns abusive priests

Sunday Business Post-World 04/07/2010 - 10:16:30One of Australia's most senior archbishops apologised to victims of sexual abuse by priests today in a message condemning the behaviour and the Roman Catholic church's failure to properly deal with the problem.Archbishop of Melbourne...
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Church must hire professionals to investigate abuse

  Sat, Jul 03, 2010 It is unfair to expect priests and volunteers to handle highly complex abuse claims, writes BREDA O'BRIEN  IN A recent Diocese of Cloyne case, a woman alleging abuse complained that notes of her case had...
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Abuse victim waited 40 years to take case

  OLIVIA KELLEHER Sat, Jul 03, 2010 A WOMAN waited more than 40 years to take a case against a man who had sexually assaulted her because she wanted to leave it until after her mother's death so as not...
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Church needs to hold its nerve in face of hostility

Independent.ie   By David Quinn Friday July 02 2010 This last month, and especially this past week, the Catholic Church showed that it has some small bit of life left in it after all, that it has not entirely left...
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