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The Ferns Report

The Ferns Report speaks of the sexual abuse and rape of children by priests in the Diocese of Ferns spanning a period of forty years. Those children as adults spoke out, many turned to their Bishop, and they were not responded to. In many cases they spoke to others and often their cases came directly or indirectly to the attention of the Gardai or the Health Board. The gross failure of the Roman Catholic Church to respond to their complaints and the failure of state agencies to effectively investigate and prevent the abuse of those victims and countless other victims is detailed with forensic insight in the Ferns Report. We wholeheartedly welcome its publication, commend the Inquiry Team on an extraordinarily effective investigation and endorse their findings and recommendations.

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The Ferns Report [1,597 KB] PDF Document

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