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McAlesse says abuse perpetrators should face prosecution

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McAlesse says abuse perpetrators should face prosecution


Irish president Mary McAlesse has said that those guilty of abuse in religious institutions should face justice. Speaking yesterday in the US, her comments follow last week’s report, which catalogued decades of horrific abuse in Ireland’s Catholic run institutions.

News those responsible could escape prosecution, prompted outrage in Ireland. The Irish president said: ‘‘In so far as the people who committed these crimes, and they are crimes, and are still at large, they are and should be amenable to a criminal process. Simple as that.’‘

Yesterday, Irish prime Minister Brian Cowen also spoke out, calling for more compensation. Catholic orders had initially refused to re-negotiate a deal agreed with the government in 2002. That capped compensation at about 130 million euros. Although, they may now be about to relent. The Irish government has already paid out millions to generations of victims beaten, starved and molested by priests, nuns and brothers. But for many — real closure will only come with accountability.

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