More shameful revelations on the way for Catholic Church in Ireland

The Cloyne report may be published next week. Prepared by the Murphy commission, it follows an investigation into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations by church and state authorities over a 13-year period in the Catholic diocese of Cloyne.

This week, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said it was "likely the report can be brought before Cabinet on Tuesday and be published very shortly thereafter."

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's This Week programme he indicated the delay in publication of the report was due to "a long-drawn-out process of consultation involving lawyers who had an interest in the matter". The completed report was presented on 23 December to the former Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern.

Its findings concern clerical child sex abuse allegations made between January 1st, 1996, when the Catholic Church in Ireland first introduced child protection guidelines, and February 1st, 2009. It was ordered by the government in January 2009 after publication the previous month of a report on the Cloyne diocesan website that found child protection practices there were "inadequate and in some respects dangerous".

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