Saturday 19 October 2019

Sisters of St Clare also promise reparations

Allison Bray and Grainne Cunningham

JUST one of the 17 religious congregations at the centre of the row over abuse compensation joined the Christian Brothers in publicly acknowledging the need for further resources to be made available (see panel above).

The Irish Independent contacted representatives of the congregations seeking a response to yesterday's statement from the Christian Brothers, which promised further reparations for those who suffered in religious institutions.

A spokeswoman for The Congregation of the Sisters of St Clare said that "we do fully acknowledge a need for further resources to be made available".

However, she stopped short of promising further financial compensation but reiterated "we will be working with other congregations to explore further resources".

"The report was so devastating, you are almost paralysed," she said.

All of the congregations at the centre of the scandal are meeting this Friday to consider how to progress the situation.

However, Marianne O'Connor, director general of CORI, said the congregations involved in the scandal remain firm in their stance that they "don't wish to revisit the deal," and are not prepared to pay more to victims.

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