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The politician, the policeman and the priest

The report of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman about the inquiry into the Claudy bombing of 1972 was published today. 9 people, including 3 children, died in the Claudy bombing, for which there was no warning. Priest was protected in Claudy bombing inquiry, RTÉ News Police ombudsman confirms Claudy bombings collusion, Irish Times Claudy bomb: conspiracy [...]

Missives from Ferns: Patrick

The Ferns Report, Section 4.5.13, p. 93, more info

“Frankly I don’t believe that this is a resigning matter.”

Cardinal Brady will not resign over abuse ‘cover-up’ – BBC News Saturday, February 20, 2010 Cardinal Seán Brady, primate of all-Ireland, admitted he was present at meetings where two abused teenagers were made to sign vows of silence. The meetings followed complaints of abuse against Fr Brendan Smyth, jailed in the 1990s for serial child [...]

What is so difficult about a secular state?

This Saturday’s Irish Times contains the following snippet under in its column In Short. The High Court has reserved judgment on a challenge to the constitutionality of a provision of the Charities Acts which outlaws the sale of Mass cards except through an arrangement with the Catholic Church. Thomas McNally, head of Mass card producers [...]