International group BishopAccountability.org has published a list of more than 70 clergy from across Ireland who have been convicted of abuse, or who were named in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne reports as having faced abuse allegations.
IT’S nearly 30 years since Albert Reynolds’s government fell over a controversy around the paedophile, the Norbertine Brendan Smyth. The intervening decades have been marked by one scandal after another, one excoriating report on child abuse after another.
EVEN in a society forced to come to terms with, or at least confront, the active evil represented by aggressive and protected paedophiles Seán Fortune and Brendan Smyth — both Catholic priests, both deceased — the idea that a vulnerable, mute child should have been left in a foster home for more than 13 years after that home became the focus of sexual abuse allegations has the capacity to shame and outrage.
An entire branch of Sinn Féin has resigned from the party after the expulsion of one of its councillors, Thousands of mourners have gathered to pay their respects at the funerals of Berkeley victims, the FAI has issued a statement this afternoon dimissing claims it accepted bribes not to injure Lionel Messia during the opening game of the Aviva Stadium.
Paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth found peace with god, an inquiry has been told. In a letter written in 1995 after his conviction for sexually assaulting more than 40 children in the North, the west Belfast-born priest said he hoped his victims could also find solace. He had lashed out at the media for adding to their distress.
THOUGH his term of office as Taoiseach was one of the shortest, the contribution made by former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died at the age of 81, to the making of an enduring peace on this island will go down in the pages of Irish and British history as one of the most important achievements of our time.
BRIAN Purcell has taken a bullet for the State twice in his career. Once, when he was near the bottom of the pile, as a young official in the Department of Social Welfare, he refused payment to an applicant for the dole. That claimant was the notorious Dublin gangster, The General. Purcell was kneecapped for his troubles.