We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael party think-in in Galway yesterday. Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

'I didn't go too far': Taoiseach defends Cloyne report comments

Enda Kenny was responding to criticism levelled at him by the Vatican last weekend.

THE TAOISEACH HAS stood by his landmark address to the Dáil in July following the publication of the Cloyne report despite criticism from the Vatican last weekend.

Kenny was speaking in the aftermath of the Holy See’s criticism of his response to the Cloyne report when, in a speech to the Dáil on 20 July, he slammed the attitude of the Vatican to complaints of child sexual abuse by priests in the diocese of Cloyne.

The speech, considered a landmark moment in the Irish State’s relationship with the Catholic Church, contained allegations which the Vatican said were “unfounded”.

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin also called on the Taoiseach to explain his remarks.

But when asked if he had gone too far with his comments, Kenny told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland:

No I didn’t go too far. In my view, I tried to express the anxiety and the concern, and the absolute anger of so many people about what had happened over the years.

He insisted that the Vatican did not provide full co-operation with the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of abuse at Cloyne and said that in 2006, 2007 and 2009 specific requests “were either ignored or rejected”.

He said the government was concerned about the “safeguarding of children”  and it wanted “to put in place a situation by government action that this can never happen again”

He invited all religions organisations to work with government to ensure children are protected in future adding: “This is so important for our future.”

Cloyne: Full text of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s statement >

Cloyne: Vatican rejects Taoiseach’s criticism >

Cloyne: Tánaiste reacts to Vatican statement as Taoiseach says he doesn’t regret speech >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.