October 25, 2005

Church criticised in abuse probe

BBC News

An Irish government inquiry into child abuse in a County Wexford diocese has uncovered over 100 allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

The 271-page Ferns report said the allegations were made against 21 priests who had been working in the diocese between 1966-2002.

The report said police investigations into claims of abuse were inadequate.

It also criticised bishops in the diocese for failing to take basic precautions to protect children.

Minister for Children Brian Lenihan presented the dossier to the Irish government on Tuesday.

Posted by kshaw at October 25, 2005 01:09 PM