Irish Catholic leaders to face new abuse probe

The role of senior churchmen in dealing with allegations of child sex abuse in the Dublin Diocese will come under scrutiny in a new investigation.

CLICK HEREThe Irish Independent reports that a statutory inquiry into child sex abuse in the country's largest diocese has been given a $A9.13 million budget for a major 18-month probe into victims' complaints and official cover-ups.

The Commission of Investigation, headed by Circuit Court Judge Yvonne Murphy, will examine cases in Dublin going back to 1975. But the Government has set its face against a "grand inquisition" which would cover the whole country.

A total of 67 priests of the Dublin archdiocese have allegations of abuse against them - three times the number of clerics the Ferns inquiry had to investigate.

The paper says that it seems certain that one aspect of the investigation will be the role of Cardinal Desmond Connell (79), who was the Archbishop of Dublin from 1988 until last year.

During his time in charge, there was a series of allegations against clergy in the Dublin area.

Dr Connell's successor, Dr Diarmuid Martin, has pledged his full co-operation with the new inquiry.

He said we could only begin to fully address the problem of child abuse when we established what happened in the past.

The terms of reference for the Dublin inquiry provide for examination of the nature of the response by the authorities to the complaints made by victims.

It will probe whether there is any evidence of attempts by archdiocesan or other authorities to "obstruct, prevent or interfere with" the proper investigation of complaints.

Pictured Right: Irish Times 9/11/05, page 10.

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10 Nov 2005