October 26, 2005

Ahern calls for nationwide priest sex abuse probe


A clerical abuse investigation should be rolled out to every diocese across the Irish Republic, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said today.

A state inquiry published yesterday revealed that more than 20 priests had sexually abused young boys and girls in parishes in Co Wexford during the past 40 years.

The Irish government immediately promised new legislation to increase child protection controls in the wake of the dossier which was hailed as a watershed by abuse victims.

Mr Ahern vowed today in the Dail to carry out a promised inquiry into the Dublin archdiocese and then extend a probe to every diocese in the country.

"It is my view to try to deal with Dublin," he said. "We have said all along that we will await this report and then see how best we can proceed into a national audit or some means of investigation.

Posted by kshaw at October 26, 2005 09:29 AM