October 27, 2002
Garda to pour resources into abuse investigation

By JIM CUSACK in The Sunday Independent

THE Dublin Diocese is to be served with search warrants under the Criminal Evidence Act as part of the garda investigation into the negligence and cover-up claims raised in the Prime Time programme.

Senior gardai say they anticipate the investigation, which started this week, may be one of the most difficult ever undertaken.

They are preparing to pull extra resources into the National Bureau of Crime Investigation (NBCI) to cope with the amount of calls from victims of clerical abuse in Dublin. "Hundreds" of calls have already been logged on the hotline for abuse victims and garda sources say it is likely that the existing NBCI force of just 110 detectives will need to be augmented to deal with the investigations.

Sources close to the investigation say it is almost certain that warrants will be sought to search Church records and archives, the first time this has been done. However, senior sources said that gardai already face a problem with shortage of resources in undertaking what might be one of the biggest investigations in its history. "We haven't a twentieth of the people we'd need for this," said a source.

Posted by paul at October 27, 2002 01:43 AM
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