January 19, 2005

Relaxation of abuse inquiry rules criticised

One in Four

Joe Humphreys - Irish Times

Representatives of former residents of religious and State-run institutions have given a mixed reaction to a decision by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse to relax its rules on the interviewing of witnesses.

In a statement yesterday the commission said all 1,300 people who had applied to have their cases heard before its investigative committee would be invited for interview. However, only a selection of these cases would go forward to full hearings.

Mr Colm O'Gorman, founder of the victims' representative group, One in Four, said it was a "positive and welcome" development.

While victims were not getting what was initially promised to them, "it is significant that everyone will be heard in some context by the investigative committee," he said.

Posted by kshaw at January 19, 2005 05:23 PM