Monday, October 26, 2009

Andrews Defends Delay in Abuse Report Publication

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Children's Minister Barry Andrews has said there is nothing insidious about the delay in publishing the findings of an investigation into how the Dublin archdiocese handled clerical sex abuse allegations.

The High Court ruled last week that all but one chapter of the report could be made public provided references to one individual were removed to avoid jeopardising criminal proceedings.

It emerged this morning that Justice Minister Dermot has asked his officials to go back to the court and seek further clarification of the matter.

Speaking in Dublin today, Mr Andrews said the decision was taken on foot of advice from the Attorney General.

He said there was "a material fact" that wasn't brought to the attention of the High Court and the Government wanted to seek the direction of the court on the matter.

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