Thursday, November 19, 2009


I very much welcome the Judgement from Mr. Justice Gilligan in the High Court this afternoon. It is now clear that this judgement requires that only references to the person identified in Chapter 20 have to be removed from the Report but most of this important Chapter will be published. It is vital that both the actions of the former Eastern Health Board and the GardaĆ­ be investigated alongside the actions of the Catholic Church in their handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against priests and publication of most of this Chapter lends itself to this.

It is now imperative that the Government publish this report before the end of next week at the latest, as publishing any later than that would be inappropriate given the upcoming budget on 9th December and I urge Justice Minister Ahern to attend to this matter without delay or fault.

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