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Quinn knew the only way to make the Religious Pay was "Repudiate the 2002 Indemnity Deal" so why didn't he?

Quinn: Church hard-nosed over redress

Friday, July 17, 2015


By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

The Catholic Church has been accused of being “in the propaganda business” over its refusal to pay 50% of a redress scheme for victims of abuse.

Former education minister Ruairí Quinn issued a scathing attack on the Church — which has refused to cough up 50% of the €1.5bn redress bill.

A €127m contribution was agreed under a 2001 indemnity deal agreed by then education minister Michael Woods. Further offers were made in 2009.

Mr Quinn said that the 18 religious congregations had taken a “hard nosed” approach in refusing to sign up to the 50/50 principle, despite having more than enough assets to make up the €250m shortfall.

 “They just are refusing to make the contribution. I don’t have and I didn’t have as minister, nor does Jan O’Sullivan the current minister for education and skills, or indeed the Government, have the legal powers to compel them to pay, without repudiating the deal done by Fianna Fáil,” he told Newstalk.

The former minister said he had offered the congregations an “honourable way out” by transferring the title deeds of their schools to the Department of Education but this had been refused, as had the 50:50 principle.

Mr Quinn said Michael Woods and Bertie Ahern had been “out-manoeuvred and out-negotiated by two very, very clever nuns” in the 2001 indemnity deal.

“These were hard-nosed people. They were looking at me and my predecessor and my successor and saying ‘how long is this guy going to be around? We can out-wait them, we can outlast them’,” he said.

Mr Quinn dismissed any notion that the religious congregations would feel a moral obligation to make up the redress shortfall stating they were in the “propaganda business”.

“No they’re not. They’re in the propaganda business of propagating a particular set of values and a particular point of view. I wouldn’t like to be playing poker against them,” he said.


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Comment by robert on July 27, 2015 at 20:08

Great Post Rob N. we can see from here it was a MIND GAME between Politics and Religion and the AWARD GOES TO? NOT the Survivors. If it was all held above the blankets instead of under the blankets everything would become more TRUTHFUL and LESS RELIGIOUS more LAWFUL and less POLITICAL

Comment by robert on July 27, 2015 at 20:10

If this is the state of the outcome it is no wonder Ireland is in deep shit

Comment by Barbie on July 31, 2015 at 11:17

We were all sold down the river by Bertie Ahearn and his cronies!! Barbara

Comment by Rob Northall on August 2, 2015 at 16:24

This Article Begs the Question "WHY didn't he do this when he had the Power to as Minister for Education?"

Comment by micheal on May 29, 2016 at 13:52

Ya it sure does, when you scratch the surface the whole thing unravels. 

Comment by William Delahunty on May 29, 2016 at 14:20
The government and the Catholic Church know full well survivors don't have the money to challenge the indemnity they done for this they have nothing but contempt for survivors No survivor was involved in the deal which involved immunity and as the injured party this makes the deal illegal
Comment by Graham on January 31, 2019 at 12:17
Time to pay the ferryman mother fuckers
I will be insisting on my accounting expert Mr Eddie hobbs to examine their balance sheet
The game is up
Comment by Graham on January 31, 2019 at 12:30
I wonder how many young boys were raped by a certain Christian brother in St Joseph's lower salthill Galway, and I wonder where he was moved to in 1981 after I complained to health board observers about my own attack, he was moved on I was thrown out, standard practice I guess, protect the PEADOFILE (and his paymasters.) and cast his victim out into an uncaring and brutal world
Comment by jack colleton on February 4, 2019 at 16:20

Shared On Twitter.  The Move On Policy Creates More Victims.

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