Sunday 17 December 2017

Murphy Report restriction removed

Tim Healy

THE Murphy Report into child abuse in the Dublin Catholic archdiocese can be published in full, the High Court has ruled.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan had previously made orders prohibiting publication of chapter 20 of the report.

Yesterday, he set aside those orders and the Justice Minister can now publish the Commission of Investigation's report in its "complete original form".

The judge said the restrictions on publication were put in place to ensure criminal proceedings against certain people mentioned in the report were not prejudiced.

When the commission's report was first published, prosecutions against a number of people mentioned in the report were pending, he said. In the case of one individual, extradition proceedings from the US were on going, he said.

The minister had expressed his concerns, in hearings held in private, about the effects that publication may have had on the trials.

The judge said in light of the minister concerns, the court had used its discretion not to publish certain parts of the report.


However, following the conclusion of those prosecutions, and because there are no active proceedings against any of the person mentioned in the report, he was removing restrictions.

The report, compiled by Judge Yvonne Murphy, investigated the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations involving 46 priests in Dublin's Catholic archdiocese by church and State authorities between 1975 and 2004.

Chapters 20 and 19 of the report were withheld when it was published on November 26, 2009, pending the outcome of proceedings involving two priests.

In December 2010, Mr Justice Gilligan ruled that the chapter 19 of the report, which related to priest Tony Walsh, could be published following Walsh's conviction on 17 counts of sexual abuse.

Irish Independent

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