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Keep the spotlight on dark corners of our past

Colin Murphy


State and society have repeatedly been told of a much wider abuse problem, but time and again we have failed to address it in a strategic way

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Abuse of pupils at Blackrock College in Dublin has been exposed recently by former students, with an inquiry expected to begin in the near future. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Abuse of pupils at Blackrock College in Dublin has been exposed recently by former students, with an inquiry expected to begin in the near future. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

children forced to work in Artane industrial school in the 1940s

children forced to work in Artane industrial school in the 1940s

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Abuse of pupils at Blackrock College in Dublin has been exposed recently by former students, with an inquiry expected to begin in the near future. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Vincent Browne arrived in Belfast, as Northern news editor for the Irish Press, in 1970. He thought he had missed the story. He told me this when I arrived to work for him, almost 20 years ago.

One of the first stories I covered concerned clerical child sex abuse. The great revelations — in documentaries by Mary Raftery and Colm O’Gorman — had already happened. The Child Abuse Commission and Ferns Inquiry were already up and running. I thought I had missed the story.


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