One In Four has today called for an urgent meeting with the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell T.D. to discuss the expansion of the State enquiry into clerical sexual abuse that must now include an examination of the response of the Archdiocese of Dublin to rape and abuse perpetrated by its Priests.
“Whilst it is clear that the Government must institute a thorough and authoritative inquiry, it is essential that the structure of that inquiry be robust and adaptive to any further cases that may emerge in the coming months. Proposals aired recently relating to the possibility of a new form of State Inquiry, different from the tribunal model, may offer a possible way forward. This proposal included the appointment of a Commissioner who would have statutory powers similar to those used in company law matters. This form of Inquiry could avoid the problems and inflexibility of a full statutory tribunal”, said Colm O’Gorman, Director, One In Four.
“Clearly we will need to examine the details of any proposals as part of our ongoing dialogue with Government. One In Four will continue that dialogue in meetings with officials at the Department of Health and Children and also by engaging in urgent discussions with Minister McDowell”, he added.
Separate to any discussions relating to a State Inquiry, O’Gorman will renew demands for an immediate Garda criminal inquiry into the actions of Cardinal Desmond Connell and the Hierarchy of the Archdiocese of Dublin. It is now a matter of urgency that the Gardai act to seize all files held by the Archdiocese as evidence in this inquiry. The Minister must act without further delay and instruct the Gardai to launch a full criminal investigation.