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Ó Caoláin demands early Dáil debate on report of Child Abuse Commission

21 May, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD called for an early debate on the report of the Child Abuse Commission. Deputy Ó Caoláin also questioned why the Minister for Education has refused to do broadcast interviews on the report.

He said, “I asked the Taoiseach yesterday to schedule an early debate on the Report of the Child Abuse Commission. We raised this at the Whips’ Meeting but we go no commitment from the Chief Whip for a debate next week which is when we should have it.

“This is one of the most profound issues ever inquired into in this country and it was the Oireachtas which commissioned the inquiry. Successive Governments, the Catholic Church Hierarchy, Religious Orders and the Department of Education stand indicted for the torture of children over decades and for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

“Why has the Minister for Education refused to do broadcast interviews on the Report?

“Is it because he will find it impossible to defend this Government’s cut to the compensation scheme for victims of child abuse? Or the disgraceful deal with the religious orders done by his predecessor?

“Children are still being abused and this Government has failed to put in place the social services to protect them.

“We demand an early debate and real accountability.” ENDS

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