March 19, 2005

Abuse compensation fund almost depleted, say bishops

One in Four

by Patsy McGarry and Liam Reid of The Irish Times

Irish bishops have launched a review of a central clerical abuse compensation fund that is almost depleted following a steep rise in the cost of claims that have reached 5 million in the last two years alone.

Following a three-day meeting in Maynooth, the bishops released national figures on abuse payments for the first time.

The figures show that since 1996 the Stewardship Trust has contributed to compensation settlements for 143 people in relation to abuse by 36 priests, amounting to 8.77 million. That figure includes 2.53 million in legal costs.

These figures relate only to diocesan priests and do not include religious orders.

Posted by kshaw at March 19, 2005 07:31 AM