November 19, 2005

Ahern 'disturbed' by abuse

Irish Independent

CAMPAIGNER Colm O'Gorman said the Taoiseach had expressed a "sense of disappointment and betrayal" over the church child abuse saga.

The leader of the One in Four group said Mr Ahern expressed upset: "Not just in relation to clerical sexual abuse, but the failure to prevent that abuse once people had been properly alerted to it."

Mr O'Gorman met the Taoiseach, his advisers, and Minister of State for Children Brian Lenihan at Government Buildings yesterday.

Afterwards Mr O'Gorman was at pains to point out that that he knew of no differences between the Taoiseach and himself in relation to the need for the institutional church to be held fully accountable for the abuse which happened in Ferns and elsewhere.

He said as a first step he believed the three all party Oireachtas committees dealing with the key areas of Health and Children, Education, and Justice Equality and Law Reform should now examine in detail the contents of the Ferns report.

Posted by kshaw at November 19, 2005 01:15 AM