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News – Dublin awaits abuse report

May 2009

Dublin awaits abuse report


Press reports suggest the Roman Catholic Church in Southern Ireland is preparing the public for the publications of a damning report about the extent of child abuse over the past 30 years. The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said the upcoming report on child sexual abuse involving Roman Catholic priests ‘will shock us all’, and will reveal that thousands of youngsters were abused from 1975 to 2004.

      The government-appointed commission was set up to investigate abuses within the Dublin archdiocese in 2006, the same year in which the diocese admitted that in excess of a hundred of its priests were suspected of abusing children.

      The report is studying how complaints of child sexual abuse were handled and has been enlarged to include other areas, which may delay the planned date of publication.


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