Press Release

Tánaiste receives the Report of the Inquiry into the Handling of Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Ferns

The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D. today (17th October 2005) received the Report of the Inquiry into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Ferns.

The Inquiry was established in March 2003 under the Chairmanship of Justice Francis D. Murphy who was assisted by Dr. Helen Buckley and Dr. Laraine Joyce. The Tánaiste thanked the Inquiry team for their efforts in this most demanding Inquiry.

The Tánaiste has now forwarded the Report to the Attorney General.

In line with the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry, the Report is being considered with a view to publishing it at the earliest opportunity subject to legal advice.