IRELAND: REPORT ON THE INQUIRY INTO CHILD ABUSE IN DUBLIN PUBLISHED ONLINE” “” “

The report on child abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin has been published on the website of Ireland’s department of justice (www.justice.ie). The report focuses on how the Catholic Church hierarchy and State authorities have answered the accusations of child abuse perpetrated by 46 priests between 1975 and 2004. According to the report, the Dublin archdiocese’s preoccupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, "were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal and the protection of the reputation of the Church". From 1996 on, the situation improved, although the facilities to support those who reported the abuses were introduced only after the implementation of the "Child protection service" in the archdiocese in 2003. The Commission said it is satisfied with "the effective structures and procedures currently in operation" and that "all complaints of clerical child sexual abuse are now reported to police". The report also mentions the fact that all the archdiocese’s facilities and measures depend on the commitment and efficiency of both the archbishop and the director of the child protection service. The Catholic Church is to comment on the results of the report published by the government in a press conference to be held this evening. (continued) ” “” “

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