THERE have been 50 to 60 calls to a dedicated Garda phone line set up to deal with complaints arising from the Murphy report.
Experienced detectives attached to the Garda’s specialist sex crimes unit have been tasked to investigate the calls.
However, it is not clear how many, if any, of the calls will lead to criminal investigations as many are believed to be from people making general criticisms of the Church and gardaí.
A spokesman for the Garda Síochána said: “There have been up to 10 calls per day since the phone line was set up seven days ago.
“All the calls have been logged and jobbed out to people. They will all be followed up to examine their content.”
The phone line was set up by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy last Thursday week, the day the Murphy report was published.
Commissioner Murphy urged people “who experienced child sexual abuse or who have information about the commission of criminal offences in the context of the report” to ring the phone line on 01-6663066.
It is understood that in the region of 50 to 60 calls have been logged by gardaí.
The calls are believed to be from a variety of people: those who have read the report; some who have read extracts; and people who had read newspaper reports.
Some of the callers were making complaints, others were highlighting certain issues while a number are believed to have been generally venting their anger.
Members of the Garda Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit (DVSAU) will now go through all the concerns and complaints logged and investigate them further.
The DVSAU, set up in 1997 and part of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), was praised in the Murphy report for its “professionalism and courtesy” towards victims.
Not all of the calls can be investigated as some of the callers declined to identify themselves.
Meanwhile, the investigation set up by Commissioner Murphy to examine the handling of clerical sex abuse cases by State and Church officials is progressing.
The probe is being led by Assistant Commissioner (AC) John O’Mahoney, who has assembled a team, drawn in large part from the NBCI and the DVSAU.
Commissioner Murphy said last Monday that he expected a preliminary report from AC O’Mahoney in a couple of weeks setting out how long the investigation would take.
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