Sunday, November 22, 2009


I wish to condemn in the strongest possible terms the leaking of some details of the Commission of Investigation’s Report into how allegations of child sexual abuse against priests were handled by the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin and agencies of the State between 1975 and 2004. It is wholly inappropriate that those of us who have worked so hard over the years to ensure that the Government held this Inquiry should now be reading extracts of the Report in a Sunday newspaper before we have even been notified of a date and time for publication.

I am also particularly annoyed as I wrote to Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern TD in July of this year requesting that I be given an embargoed copy of the Report 24 hours before its eventual publication and this request was refused. It is inappropriate that any victim should have been denied this request only to then read details of the Report in today’s Sunday Independent.

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