Controversial legislation to seal millions of abuse records for at least 75 years has been sent back to the Dáil

Controversial legislation to seal millions of abuse records for at least 75 years has been sent back to the Dáil

The legislation had been due in Committee State in the coming weeks but this has now been deferred to allow the Oireachtas education committee to further scrutinise.

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Bishops meet to prepare for showdown with Pope

The country's Catholic bishops are to hold an extraordinary meeting this morning to prepare for Pope Benedict's pastoral letter on the fallout from the Murphy Report.

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Irish bishops to face Pope over abuse scandals

Irish bishops to face Pope over abuse scandals

Irish bishops have been hauled before Vatican chiefs in the wake of devastating child abuse scandals, it was revealed today.

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HSE withholds funds for abuse survivor group

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is withholding funding from a Cork-based group representing survivors of institutional abuse until it can prove it can manage these monies appropriately.

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North's abuse victims demand inquiry similar to Ryan report

Hundreds of child abuse victims in the North demanded a full inquiry today into the mistreatment they suffered in institutions run by the Catholic Church and the state.

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Court clears way for publication of majority of abuse report

The High Court has today ordered that one chapter referring to one person in the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation report should not be published.

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High Court to rule today on publication of clerical abuse report

The High Court will decide later this morning whether the contents of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation report can be published in full.

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Summer school to honour clerical abuse victims

One of the country’s leading summer schools is to honour victims of clerical child abuse, it was revealed today.

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Child Abuse Commission to cost up to €136m

The Comptroller and Auditor General says the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse could end up costing the State as much as €136m.

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Panel to assess statements from religious orders

The Government has established a three-person panel to assess the statements of resources submitted by religious orders named in the Ryan Report into institutional child abuse.

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Deference towards Church 'lost amid abuse scandals'

Children’s Minister Barry Andrews today insisted Irish people no longer have the deference towards the Catholic Church that allowed institutional child abuse to thrive for decades.

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Ireland to erect memorial to abused children

A national memorial will be erected in Ireland for tens of thousands of children who were abused over decades in church-run institutions, it was announced today.

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Religious orders deny delay in disclosing financial details

The 18 religious orders named in the Ryan report have moved to clarify reports that they have failed to disclose their financial details to the Government.

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Cowen to hold talks with religious orders today

The 18 religious orders involved in the controversial child abuse indemnity deal are due to meet the Taoiseach today to update him on their plans to make further contributions towards victims.

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Priest’s remark on Daingean angers parishioners

Priest’s remark on Daingean angers parishioners

A Co Offaly priest has reportedly upset parishioners by disparaging children sent to the notorious Daingean reformatory.

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We failed child abuse victims, says Minister

Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe apologised today to the thousands of victims of child abuse in church-run institutions, claiming the department had failed them.

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Clerical abuse victims to stage silent march

Victims of child abuse in church-run institutions will today hand a petition to the head of the Conference of Religious of Ireland.

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Demonstration to mark clerical abuse with children's shoes

Organisers of a silent demonstration in memory of victims of clerical abuse in church-run institutions will leave children’s shoes piled at the Dáil railings following the march.

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Pope ‘very upset’ to hear details of abuse report

Pope ‘very upset’ to hear details of abuse report

Cardinal Sean Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told their colleagues today that the Pope was "very upset" to hear the details of the Ryan Report.

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Bishops to be briefed on child abuse talks with Pope

Ireland's Catholic bishops are due to be briefed today on last week's discussions between the Pope and two senior church leaders in Rome last week.

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Priests behind child abuse 'were dregs of society'

A former student of Pope Benedict today branded clerics who ran abusive institutions as the “dregs of society”.

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Meetings 'reflected seriousness of Ryan report'

Meetings between the Catholic church hierarchy and the Pope in the Vatican reflected the seriousness of the Ryan report, the church said today.

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Martin tells Pope of Irish anger over Ryan report

The Pope has met with the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady and the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin to discuss the Ryan report on child abuse.

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Religious Orders agree new compensation deal for abuse victims

Religious orders will pay substantial funds into a dedicated trust in a belated attempt to make amends to thousands of victims of abusive priests and nuns.

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Cowen seeks clear response from religious orders

The Taoiseach says he has asked the religious congregations involved in institutional child abuse to give a clear and unequivocal response to demands for more compensation for victims.

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Child abuse groups say Cowen meeting was positive

Representatives of institutional child abuse victims have described a meeting with the Taoiseach yesterday evening as "very positive".

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Christian Brothers 'denied abuse right up until Ryan Report'

The Christian Brothers were reportedly continuing to deny that any abuse occurred in their institutions right up until the publication of the Ryan Report two weeks ago.

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Cowen to meet groups representing abuse victims

Taoiseach Brian Cowen is due to hold talks this evening with groups representing victims of institutional child abuse.

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Cowen refuses to speculate on 50/50 deal

The Taoiseach is refusing to speculate on whether or not the Government will be looking to make a 50/50 deal with the 18 religious orders named in the Ryan report.

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Christian Brothers leader demands prosecutions for child abusers

A senior Christian Brother leader today backed growing demands for criminal prosecutions against those responsible for decades of child abuse in church-run schools.

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Congregations committed to further contributions for victims

The 18 religious orders named in the Ryan report have said they are committed to making further contributions to those who were abused in their care.

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Groups seek tighter child protection controls

Six leading advocacy and abuse groups have sought a complete overhaul of child protection services in the wake of the Ryan Report into institutional child abuse.

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Minister to meet children’s charities and victims’ groups

A delegation of children's charities and victims' groups is due to meet the Minister for Children Barry Andrews today to discuss the fallout from the final report of the Child Abuse Commission.

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Healy criticises 'unspeakable abuse of most vulnerable'

Healy criticises 'unspeakable abuse of most vulnerable'

Religious orders damaged the nation’s most vulnerable children and abused human dignity, Cori director Fr Sean Healy said today.

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CORI chief backs call for more compensation for abuse victims

CORI chief backs call for more compensation for abuse victims

One of the Catholic church’s most high-profile campaigners today broke his week-long silence over the child abuse scandal to back calls for more victim compensation.

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Fr Healy says orders should reconsider redress deal

Fr Healy says orders should reconsider redress deal

A leading figure in the Conference of Religious in Ireland has said the religious orders involved in the abuse of children must be prepared to consider giving more money to the Government's redress scheme.

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Religious orders agree to engage with Govt

A number of religious orders whose members abused children in care institutions have agreed to engage with the Government about contributing more to victims.

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Sisters of Mercy looking at compensation for abuse

A second disgraced religious order involved in the clerical child abuse scandal agreed today to join the Christian Brothers in reviewing how it should make amends to victims.

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Oblates promise positive response to Cowen appeal

Oblates promise positive response to Cowen appeal

The Oblate Order, which ran the infamous Daingean Reformatory, says it will respond positively to the Taoiseach's comments last night.

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Govt to put pressure on orders for more money

The Government is set to hold talks with various religious orders in an effort to get to pay more to deal with the fallout from widespread child abuse in state-owned institutions.

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Christian Brothers bow to pressure on abuse reparation

The Christian Brothers, the worst offenders in the clerical child abuse scandal, tonight bowed to intense pressure and agreed to look for a possible new deal to make amends to its victims.

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Cowen: Orders have “moral responsibility” to compensate victims

The Taoiseach has said that religious orders have a “moral responsibility” to do more to compensate the victims of child abuse in state-run institutions.

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Christian Brothers issue apology to abuse victims

The Christian Brothers have issued an apology to all those who were abused while in their care.

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O’Keefe hoping for compensation developments

Education Minister Batt O’Keefe has said he is hoping for “significant developments” on the issue of compensation for victims of child abuse in industrial schools.

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Green deputy calls for abuse victims' remembrance day

The Green Party deputy leader Mary White has called on the Government to declare a national day of remembrance for those who have suffered abuse in this country.

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Lobby groups seek date for children’s referendum

Six groups representing children and victims of abuse have submitted proposals to the Government on dealing with the fall-out from the child abuse report.

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Cabinet to discuss fallout from child abuse report

The cabinet is due to discuss the fallout from last week's child abuse report when it holds a special meeting in Dublin today.

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Orders defy top clerics' compensation plea

Religious orders responsible for decades of shocking child abuse tonight defied the country’s most senior Catholic clerics, rejecting calls to reopen talks on a capped victims’ compensation scheme.

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Bishops discuss child abuse report in Maynooth

Senior Catholic bishops are due to consider last week's shocking report from the Child Abuse Commission at a meeting in Maynooth today.

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Cowen: Church compo deal may be re-examined

The Taoiseach is indicating that the Government may re-open negotiations with the Catholic Church over the child abuse compensation scheme.

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Religious orders 'must pay more'

A senior aide to Ireland’s top Catholic churchman today insisted that religious orders must pay more compensation to the victims of abuse in their institutions.

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Book of solidarity for abuse victims to re-open

A book of solidarity for the victims of abuse in Ireland will re-open at the Mansion House in Dublin today.

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Book of solidarity opened for abuse victims

A 'book of solidarity' was opened in Dublin today for the public to record their support for the victims of child abuse.

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Book of solidarity to open for abuse victims

A book of solidarity for the victims of abuse in Ireland is to be opened in Dublin today.

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Rape Crisis Centre reports increased call volumes since abuse report

Dublin's Rape Crisis Centre says there has been an increase in the amount of people contacting its services since the Commission's Child Abuse report came out earlier this week.

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Lenihan talks down prospect of new deal for abuse victims

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan says it is only right that the State take responsibility for compensating the victims of child abuse at state-run institutions.

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Victim calls for child abuse inquiry in North

A victim of child abuse at a Belfast-based Catholic institution is calling for a full inquiry in the North along the same lines as the Commission on Child Abuse in the Republic.

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Religious orders not planning to revisit abuse deal

The Conference of Religious in Ireland says its members have no plans to re-examine the deal agreed with the Government on compensation for victims of child abuse.

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Fresh calls to revise abuse compensation

The Government today faced calls to revise its capped compensation scheme for thousands of victims of clerical child abuse.

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McAleese: Abuse victims suffered 'betrayal of love'

President Mary McAleese today praised the victims of Ireland’s abusive childcare institutions, describing their suffering as an atrocious betrayal of love.

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