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Most Irish people believe Pope Francis did not do enough to address clerical abuse during his recent visit, researchers have said.The pontiff made his first papal trip to the Republic in August and his many protests and public pronouncements on the wrongdoing helped define the visit.But a research study from…
The Pope vowed to pursue justice for victims of church abuse in Ireland as he ended his historic visit to the country by seeking forgiveness for its dark litany of clerical crimes. Addressing a large crowd of pilgrims at an open air Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park, Francis laid bare…
A man abused for eight years by a notorious paedophile priest has said the Pope’s actions will speak louder than his words during his visit to Ireland. Sean Faloon (pictured), 39, from Hilltown in Co Down, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks of attacks by Malachy Finnegan, who died…
Survivors of clerical abuse in Northern Ireland must be included in a meeting with the Pope when he visits Dublin this weekend, their lawyer said. Claire McKeegan (pictured) said she had received no response from the organisers of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin and claimed her clients'…
The Government has declined to commit to passing legislation at Westminster to implement recommendations of a major historical abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she faced a constitutional "challenge" because there was uncertainty over what approach Stormont ministers would have taken if powersharing was still…
A senior Sinn Fein politician has revealed a notorious paedophile priest physically abused him when he was a schoolboy and tried to sexually groom him. Conor Murphy has recounted how the late Malachy Finnegan dragged him into an office and savagely beat him with a stick before asking a series…
It would be "constitutionally inappropriate" if the UK Government stepped in to approve the payment of compensation to victims of historical abuse in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has said. The Northern Ireland Secretary also indicated she would consider any proposals from the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service as…
The Government would be acting unconstitutionally if it stepped in to pay compensation to abuse victims in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has insisted. The Secretary of State said an intervention on the emotive issue would undermine the terms of 1998 peace agreement. Mrs Bradley has faced criticism for not taking…
A former Irish president has revealed her youngest brother was "seriously, physically, sadistically" abused by a paedophile priest Fr Malachy Finnegan. Mary McAleese said her brother only revealed the abuse at the age of 49. She said the physical abuse happened throughout his seven years at St Colman's College in…
Kincora child abuse survivor Clint Massey has died. Mr Massey spent eight months in the notorious East Belfast residential home aged 16. It opened on Belfast's Upper Newtownards Road, close to Stormont's Parliament Buildings in May 1958 and closed in October 1980 following the sex abuse scandal. Survivors' campaigner Margaret…
Survivors of historic child abuse have made a desperate plea for Stormont politicians to restore Northern Ireland's devolved government. Victims and campaigners were at Parliament buildings as a fresh round of talks to save the government started on Wednesday. In an impassioned appeal, Margaret McGuckin, who suffered abuse at a…
Victims of historical child abuse have urged Northern Ireland's politicians to release compensation which has been blocked due to Stormont's collapse, as talks aimed at restoring powersharing enter their final hours. SAVIA - Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse, which represents people who were abused at institutions, called on Northern…
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