January 29, 2003
Abuse victims demand increase in awards

Victims of abuse in residential institutions have called on the Government to increase its awards to them in the light of yesterday's High Court award to Mervyn Rundle.

Christine Buckley, a former resident of Goldenbridge orphanage, said Mr Rundle's award exceeded the maximum payment permitted under the terms of reference of the State's Redress Board.

She said her organisation, Aislinn, was urgently asking the Minister for Education to increase the payments to victims of residential abuse.

Mervyn Rundle received an apology from Cardinal Desmond Connell in a statement read out in the High Court yesterday in addition to a financial settlement believed to be in the region of €300,000.

Mr Rundle was abused by Father Tom Naughton in the mid-1980s. The priest received a three-year jail sentence in 1998.

Posted by Colm at January 29, 2003 06:24 PM

To the Government and the Church:PAY UP YOU CORRUPT BASTARDS!

Posted by: Justice on January 30, 2003 12:11 AM

Hi.........just don't know what to think it's all so depressing.....i'm in a similar situation and i'm tired.....what good is fucking money????? My life is destroyed.....all those basterds should be tortured.

Posted by: on January 30, 2003 05:03 AM

Does anybody know the name of the solicitor who represented Mervyn Rundle & where he can be contacted?

Posted by: on January 31, 2003 09:25 PM

hi colm i too would like to know the name of mervs solicitor as i am seeking a legal eagle with a hunger and thirst to take on a VERY complicated case im a survivor of ARTANE LETTERFRACK DAINGEAN with a real axe to grind

Posted by: angry on February 1, 2003 07:37 AM

It's astonishing that the perp. only received 3 years and his victim receives a life time sentence. Our judicial system needs a radical overhauling!

Posted by: Hanora Brennan on February 1, 2003 01:54 PM

hi hanora with great respect to you --- what we need IS a judicial system ///////////

Posted by: angry on February 2, 2003 05:27 AM
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