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Garda probe: Commissioner appoints top officer to examine findings

A SENIOR officer has been appointed by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to examine the Cloyne Report and determine whether further action can be taken against clerical abusers in the findings.

The move was announced as Mr Callinan apologised to the victims in three cases identified in the report where the proper procedures were not adopted by gardai.

"It is a matter of regret to me that people did not receive the appropriate attention and action from the Garda Siochana, to which they were entitled," Mr Callinan said.

"The policies and structures now in place are very much victim-focused and designed to ensure that no one has a similar experience today."

He appointed Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne to take charge of the report study.

Mr Callinan said the report detailed another difficult and sorry chapter in the story of how both church and state authorities in Ireland had responded to the sexual abuse of young people in the community.

It outlined omissions and failures in the way complaints and allegations had been addressed.

The Murphy Commission found a number of complainants were highly complimentary about the way in which gardai dealt with them.

But it said it was very concerned about the approach adopted by the gardai in three cases.

A series of other moves have also been decided by the commissioner and Justice Minister Alan Shatter following discussions on the findings, and in particular the three cases.

Mr Shatter intends to send a copy of the Cloyne Report to the Garda Ombudsman Commission and seek its views on whether any further action is warranted. The head of the Garda Inspectorate, Kathleen O'Toole, has also been asked to look at the findings.

In line with Mr Byrne's review, a dedicated hotline has been established at 01 666 3612 for anybody wishing to provide information in relation to the Cloyne report or about a criminal offence arising from the report.

Irish Independent