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Forestry: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Pippa Hackett: I am grateful for the invitation to address the House. I welcome the opportunity to speak to Members about forestry at a time governments across the globe are seeking to implement policy solutions to tackle the climate crisis. In recent years we have had our own crisis in the forestry sector, with particularly low planting rates. Today I will outline the Government's plans to reverse that...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Norma Foley: I acknowledge and express my thanks to colleagues for their contributions on this important issue. It is absolutely clear and it is equally unambiguous that this House considers the recent shocking revelations of abuse in certain schools to be deeply disturbing, and that the House is of the view that a strong and considerate response is required with the view of the survivors being...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Richard O'Donoghue: On 19 November, some 13 years after the publication of the Ryan report, the Taoiseach confirmed that a further inquiry will now be set up to examine allegations of abuse at one of the country's leading private schools, Blackrock College. The inquiry should cover other schools about which allegations have emerged in recent weeks. Complaints have been made about abuses in other Spiritan-run...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I fully support the calls for an inquiry. I hear what the Minister said in her speech. She acknowledges the need for an inquiry and is in the middle of taking steps to determine the best type of inquiry, to be led by the survivors. She points out on the first page that "The sexual abuse of a child is repugnant to the whole of society and is a reprehensible abuse of power and trust." I...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: It is absolutely incredible to hear of these types of abuse cases again. It is 30 years since the country was rocked by case after case of clerical abuse that came to light in such a devastating way for the victims. It is incredible that each decade that has passed since then, we have seen a repeat of such cases. Survivors of what happened in Blackrock and Spiritans schools have...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Bríd Smith: On behalf of People Before Profit I express our solidarity to the victims. I thank those who came forward to raise this issue and brought it into the public eye. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude. There was something different about this particular revelation. We have been heaped with revelations of abuse of men, women and children by clerics and the churches over recent decades. What...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: It seems we have been on a rollercoaster since the 1990s with these revelations of abuse involving the church and educational institutions, particularly those educational institutions where the church had control. We all remember how shocking it was when we first heard about Fr. Brendan Smith and it has just continued since then. We have all spoken previously about the many failures of...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Patricia Ryan: Over 230 people have made allegations of abuse against 77 Irish Spiritans in ministries across the island and other countries where the order operates. A large proportion of the allegations were from pupils of Blackrock College. Further allegations of sexual abuse in schools run by religious orders, including Castleknock College, have emerged in recent days. I commend the survivors on...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Catherine Murphy: The revelations in recent weeks about the extent of the gross sexual abuse inflicted on children in Blackrock College over decades are horrifying but we have come to the stage now that they are no longer surprising. How many times must be go through this process, order by order and diocese by diocese? We discovered the extent of the absolute destruction that paedophiles in the Catholic...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Cormac Devlin: I welcome the opportunity to discuss the recent revelations of abuse in schools by the Spiritan Order. The details of the abuse and its handling by the order are deeply disturbing. It is heart-breaking to see so many people impacted across all the order's schools and through so many generations. It is important to remember that crimes have been committed and should be investigated by the An...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Réada Cronin: I approach the debate with the desire and need to tread carefully and sensitively. The debate is about abuse at certain institutions but all Members present should be aware that if the number of people who have been sexually abused is one in four, then there are at least 40 survivors in this Dáil, 15 in the Seanad and at least 200 among the Oireachtas staff and media who work in...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Gerald Nash: The first time I ever spoke in this House, I called for justice for the survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of the former surgeon Michael Shine. That was 12 years ago, and the survivors still await justice. Shine is the most prolific paedophile to have stalked the corridors of an Irish hospital. The number of boys he abused between the early 1960s and the 1990s is the hundreds. Many of...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: It is with tremendous sadness that I again contribute to deeply important statements on abuse at certain education institutions, specifically Willow Park Junior School and Blackrock College, which are located in the geographic heart of my constituency. I will speak about four issues, namely, first and foremost, the survivors, as well as the broader school community in my constituency, the...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Martin Kenny: We all agree that the reports about the goings-on in the Spiritan order that have been played out over the airwaves in recent weeks are shocking. In recent weeks, I have had the chance to tune in to some of the coverage, both on the radio and in many newspapers, and to say the least, it is horrifying. I want to use this time to put on record my sympathy and solidarity with those who were...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Paul Donnelly: Here we find another horrific story of abuse repeating itself again. It is another legacy of abuse from a religious order in Ireland. In Ireland, from the foundation of the State and possibly until the 1980s and 1990s, there was an omerta and fear connected to criticising a religious person, and such situations arise again and again in institutions - in mother and baby homes, schools and...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Ivana Bacik: I wish to share time with Deputy Nash. I will take five minutes.

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome this important debate which I sought last week from the Taoiseach following the broadcast of the powerful "Blackrock Boys" radio documentary. I commend the immense courage of those who have come forward in recent weeks to disclose abuse that they suffered at Blackrock College, in the other five schools run by the Spiritans, and in other schools too. I acknowledge the horror of the...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Ba mhaith liom mo chuid ama a roinnt leis na Teachtaí Martin Kenny agus Paul Donnelly. Unfortunately, while the entire nation was shocked and disgusted by the revelations of recent weeks, it was perhaps not surprised, given that they followed the pattern of revelations about many similarly run institutions - horrific abuse, a failure to address that abuse, the ignoring of complaints,...

Abuse at Certain Educational Institutions: Statements (24 Nov 2022)

Roderic O'Gorman: I was deeply shocked to hear the harrowing allegations about children who were sexually abused in Blackrock College from the 1960s to the 1980s. I want to commend all those who have come forward on their bravery. It takes incredible bravery for people to relive such traumatic events in their lives, and in particular to do so in the public domain. Their bravery is important not only in the...

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