Sex Abuse Pay-Out by Dublin Archdiocese Tops 12.4m

Belfast Telegraph
November 7, 2008 by-dublin-archdiocese-tops-euro124m-14045426.html

The Dublin Archdiocese has revealed that 120 civil actions have been brought to date against 35 Dublin priests, or priests who have held appointments in the diocese.

The cost of settlements so far has exceeded €12.4 million with 94 cases concluded and 26 still ongoing.

More than €9 million has been spent on settlements and €3.3 million paid on legal costs for both sides.

Legal costs for priests who have offended are paid to the point where they are formally charged.

Meanwhile the diocese has said it has spent approx. €6 million on child protection and related services.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has renewed his appeal to anyone with information regarding child sexual abuse by priests in Dublin to contact the Child Protection Service of the Diocese, the Gardai, the Health Service Executive or a counselling or support service of their choice.

Dr. Martin said that only by knowing the full truth of the past could levels of safety for children today be improved.


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