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Questions for Ahern over child abuse bill


BERTIE AHERN should be forced to explain why his government made a deal with the Church that taxpayers would pick up the bill for compensation to child abuse victims, say campaigners.

Survivors of clerical abuse have called for a special Dail inquiry into the 2002 deal that Mr Ahern and his then Education Minister Michael Woods agreed to, which left the taxpayer to pick up a ¤1bn compensation bill for the Catholic Church.

Mugged

Following the furore over the Cloyne Report's conclusions that Bishop John Magee and the Vatican hampered garda inquiries into alleged child abuse in the diocese, Irish Survivors of Child Abuse said it was now time for the Dail to shine light on the deal.

The last act of the outgoing Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrat government was to agree with the Conference of Religious in Ireland that they only pay €128m towards compensation for thousands of victims of abuser priests and religious orders.

The final bill was more than €1bn and the taxpayer paid.

Patrick Walsh, a survivor of abuse at the notorious Artane Industrial School, today challenged the Fine Gael-Labour government to agree to let the Dail's high-powered Public Accounts Committee investigate that controversial deal.

In an interview with The Herald Mr Walsh said: "The PAC should convene a special investigation into the 2002 deal which was struck up between the CORI congregations and the then government.

"Dr Michael Woods signed on behalf of the government and Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach knew or ought to have known that the Irish taxpayer was being set up for a hit."

The Irish Soca co-founder described the deal as a "stitch-up of the taxpayer" and the time was now right to get to the truth of how ordinary citizens paid for the crimes of the clergy.

"The new government is attempting to put right a grave wrong from the past and there is a moral imperative on the part of the religious orders to actively enter into discussions with government to resolve this festering wound," he said.

Mr Ahern, he added, should be questioned robustly over whether or not he knew that the taxpayer was going to be "mugged" to protect the church and its assets.

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- George McManus   on Friday July 22 2011

 

Source - http://www.herald.ie/national-news/questions-for-ahern-over-child-a...

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Comment by Rob Northall on July 22, 2011 at 19:19
This is not a "Quick Fix" but if this goes ahead then there is a chance we can revisit the Redress Board and its poor pay out compared to the Courts etc.??
Comment by Maurice Heaphy on July 24, 2011 at 15:31
It would indeed be a start Robert. Will it materialize? I guess there is always the possibility, but i would not like to be holding my breath on this one. It would indeed be fantastic if it was to happen. We live in hope i suppose, that's all we can do for now. Cheers.
Comment by jack colleton on July 24, 2011 at 20:56
each political party whether in opposition or government must be held to account and no child left behind.
Comment by Catherine Roberts on July 24, 2011 at 23:52
This is good news why should the Irish taxpayer have to pay the bill for the Catholic Church.
Comment by Rob Northall on July 25, 2011 at 12:11

Many think that the Church and State should bear the Responsibility 50:50?

I for one feel that the Religious where in “Breach of Contract” They where contracted to Care for and Feed and Clothe Children. They should have should be Sued accordingly?

They where inspected but had plenty of prior warning; to Clean Up and Cover Up?

Because of this the State Inspectors did not know what they where inspecting for?

The State Should have sued the Religious and brought a “Class Action” on behalf of Survivors for Compensation.

The Redress Board was Abusive and should Never have been Commissioned?

Comment by kathleen brack on July 29, 2011 at 11:45
robert i also ask that question it should have nothing to do with the tax payer
Comment by Rob Northall on July 29, 2011 at 11:50
Anyone know Patrick Walsh? or How to Contact him??
Comment by Geraldine Brocas on August 4, 2011 at 16:47
Phillis Morgan at the London Irish centre , Camden Town, probably knows how to contact Patrick Walsh I don't go there myself but know Mr Walsh used to be in London ,they should know. The Redress was a big Abusive Con to frighten survivors away from the terrible truth getting out.
Comment by Geraldine Brocas on August 4, 2011 at 16:49
Patrick Walsh is a very clever person he studied Law .

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