November 08, 2005

Circuit Court judge to chair abuse commission


08/11/2005 - 18:25:56

A Circuit Court judge will chair a commission investigating the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against clergy in the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, it was confirmed tonight.

In the aftermath of the shocking Ferns Inquiry into clericalchild sex abuse, the Government nominated Judge Yvonne Murphy of the Circuit Court as chair of the commission of investigation, along with three other members.

The commission will also investigate any Catholic diocese in the State, if it is notified by Minister for Children Brian Lenihan that it may not be implementing church guidelines in relation to child sexual abuse by a priest, or that it may not be following the recommendations of the Ferns Report.

Justice Minister Michael McDowell said the commission was appointed to look at the grave situation which arose in the Dublin Archdiocese.

Posted by kshaw at November 8, 2005 07:56 PM