Friday 20 April 2018

Religious must pay more than lip service for abuse



The human cost of child abuse in State-run institutions continues to move us in emotional testimonies. The discovery of human remains in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home has re-awakened some of the horrors of the past.

Now, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General into the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse and the subsequent redress board looks in detail at the cost.

The 2009 Ryan Report unveiled a litany of neglect and abuse by the State and the religious orders. Both arrived at a deal for a 50:50 split to provide financial compensation to survivors. Both were equally culpable and the biggest benefit for religious orders was legal indemnity.

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