Saturday 20 October 2018

Judge reflects a nation's outrage

Emer O'Kelly on strong words from the bench in the Brother Ambrose case and a history of mealy-mouthed apologies from the Church authorities

Emer O'Kelly on strong words from the bench in the Brother Ambrose case and a history of mealy-mouthed apologies from the Church authorities

LET us give thanks for men like Judge Anthony G Murphy. He spoke of ``bottomless evil rendering the victims' lives little short of a permanent execution'' when he sentenced James Kelly, the 74-year-old Brother Ambrose of the Brothers of Charity, to 36 years' imprisonment on Tuesday for the sexual and physical abuse of children at Lota Home for boys in Cork.

We need the language of outrage as much as we need the exemplary sentencing of child molesters when they are brought before our courts. We need language that matches the tormented outpourings of the victims.

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