Press Release

Launch of ‘Our Children Our Church’ child protection policies and procedures for the Catholic Church in Ireland

Minister for Children at the Department of Health and Children, Mr Brian Lenihan TD, today (19th December 2005) welcomed the publication of ‘Our Children Our Church’ by the Catholic Church.

“This document is a step in the right direction” said the Minister. The Minister also welcomed the announcement by the church authorities of the appointment of former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Hederman as the Chairman of the church’s National Board for Child Protection.

The Minister stated that “My office will be reviewing the document and its operation in the light of the Fern’s report and in the work of the Commission of Investigation in relation to the Dublin diocese which I announced with the Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform”.


The Minister looked forward to working with the Church Authorities in the implementation of the Ferns report recommendations. ‘Our Children Our Church’ and the new professionally based structures proposed within it will be a key element in ensuring that the recommendations Ferns Report are implemented.


The Minister said “Meetings have already been held by my Department with both the HSE and also with the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform to advance the implementation of Ferns and the HSE have set up the necessary internal structures to carry out their part of the work involved”.