Sunday 24 September 2017

No attempt to obstruct child sex abuse audit

Last Thursday, May 12, the Irish Independent reported on the launch of the annual report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).

On behalf of the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI), one of the three sponsoring bodies of the National Board (the others being the Irish Episcopal Conference and the Irish Missionary Union) I ask for an opportunity to address an accusation of non-cooperation made by the NBSCCCI and covered in your report.

I wish to clarify that the delay in proceeding with the audit of the current management of child abuse cases in dioceses, religious congregations and missionary societies was not motivated by any desire, attempt or intention to obstruct or delay the audit being conducted by the independent national board.

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