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February 07, 2005

Minister proposes inquiry into clerical child abuse

February 7, 2005 [Evening Echo News]

IRELAND - Justice Minister Michael McDowell is set to bring proposals before the Cabinet this month for a public inquiry into clerical child sex abuse in Dublin.

Reports this morning said the inquiry would focus on 59 priests who are believed to have abused children and how the Archdiocese of Dublin handled any complaints made against them.

The reports also said the inquiry would be the first set up under the Government's new plans to replace tribunals with fast-track commissions of investigation.

Much of the body's work will reportedly be carried out in private, but some parts could be held in public, including the questioning of senior clerics.

Posted by Nancy at February 7, 2005 12:17 AM