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Poll: Should there be a Tribunal into clerical sexual abuse?

Various commissions have only investigated abuse claims on a diocese-by-diocese basis. Should there be a national overall inquiry?

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THE REPORTS into clerical sexual abuse allegations at four Catholic dioceses and three religious orders have prompted Garda investigations into any obstructions of justice.

The reports mean that the majority of Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses have been audited at various levels – but a significant number have not yet been investigated to see how they handled any abuse allegations, or how they are upholding recent child safeguarding standards.

Ireland’s history with tribunals is a difficult one: though successive reports have uncovered corruption and mismanagement at various levels of public life, in many eyes they are a frivolous expense given that they cannot directly lead to criminal proceedings.

But given the fact that the handling of abuse allegations in so many religious congregations and dioceses remains unexamined, should Ireland set up a full Tribunal to investigate clerical sexual abuse?

Poll Results:

No (764)
Yes (488)
I don't know (340)

Read: Gardaí examining clerical child sex abuse reports

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Gavan Reilly

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