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Irish abuse claims could reach $A1.71 billion

The Irish Government yesterday revealed that the total bill facing the country to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse could total one billion euros ($A1.71 billion).

The Irish bishops' conference struck a deal with the government last year for compensating victims of physical and sexual abuse at government-chartered children's homes run by religious orders from the 1930s until the 1970s.

The Church agreed to pay $A217.62 million into the compensation fund in exchange for indemnity from future claims relating to child abuse in the past.

However a report by the government's Auditor General now estimates there could be as many as 10,800 claims with an average payout of $A164,301.

The Auditor General's report said an office receiving claims said it was receiving compensation requests at a rate of 50 per week. Alleged victims of abuse have two more years to send in compensation claims.

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31 Oct 2003