Friday 16 November 2018

Stop emoting, just show us the money Archbishop

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

The Mahon Report will have taken 12 years, cost €300m, and leave no legacy except wealthy lawyers. The Ryan Report took 10 years, cost only €60m and leaves us with a legacy of terrible truths. But enough already on the emoting. How about a brief alternative analysis of the child abuse scandal?

First: like the recession, there is nothing uniquely Irish or uniquely evil about child abuse. If you put men and women (particularly celibates) in positions of absolute power over powerless children you will get abuse -- as we saw in the USA, Australia and Poland.

Second: Patsy McGarry calls it our holocaust. Without going that far, I would argue there are striking similarities between Ireland and Vichy France when it comes to collusion and collaboration. Like the French, the Irish political class actively aided in both the abuse and the cover-up.

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