26th of November 2009
Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation
21 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin Commission welcomes publication of its report
The Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation welcomes the imminent publication of its report into the handling of clerical child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin over the period 1975 to 2004.
The Commission started its work at the end of March 2006 and issued its report to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in July 2009. The Commission regrets that, due to circumstances outside its control, it is not possible to have the full report published at this time. As is clear from the judgment of Mr Justice Gilligan issued on 19 November, decisions were made by the DPP after the report was delivered to the Minister and those decisions could not have been taken into account by the Commission in its report.
The Commission realises that a number of people will be disappointed to discover that, because of recent directions by the High Court, the parts of the report relating to them are not being published. The Commission wishes to assure those people that such publication will eventually occur as this is a requirement of the legislation governing all Commissions of Investigation. The Commission recognises that the complainants concerned are likely to suffer the greatest disappointment. However, it should be noted that there are also people in Church and State authorities about whose actions a full picture is not available because of the present exclusions.
For three and a half years the Commission has been in possession of extremely sensitive information which it has guarded carefully. It is a cause of great regret to the Commission, therefore, that the report, or parts of it, were leaked to a newspaper last weekend. The Commission considers that those responsible for the leak clearly took no account of the distress that its partial publication could cause to the complainants and to those whose actions are subjected to scrutiny in the report.
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