March 24, 2005

New legislation to streamline child abuse hearings

One in Four

By Harry McGee - Irish Examiner

THE Government will today publish legislation designed to prevent protracted hearings in the Commission Inquiring into Child Abuse.

Education Minister Mary Hanafin yesterday announced the bill which she intends to have enacted before the summer.

The bill will remove the obligation on the commissionís Investigation Committee to hold a full hearing into each and every allegation of abuse referred to it. Instead, the 1,300 complainants will have the opportunity to be interviewed by the committee.

Posted by kshaw at March 24, 2005 08:29 AM