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Audit of Church sex abuse will be complete

A detailed audit of every case of clerical child sex abuse should be on the desk of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs by the end of this month.

The audit of every Catholic diocese in the State is currently underway by the HSE and should be completed by then, according to Justice Minister Dermot Ahern.

Work is also well underway on the preparation of laws to provide a statutory framework for sharing "soft information" from the audit.

The Minister says that a number of priests involved in abuse, discussed in the report of the Commission of Investigation into the Dublin Archdiocese, have already been brought to justice.

"Proceedings are pending against others and a number of investigations are ongoing. The Garda Commissioner has assured me that pursuing the perpetrators, whenever the abuse occurred, is an absolute priority for An Garda Siochana," he said.

The work of the Commission in relation to the dioceses of Dublin and Cloyne "will serve the purpose of establishing how child sexual abuse cases were dealt with by the Church and State authorities so that lessons can be learned and remedies introduced", he added.

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