Deputy Charlie McConalogue says the decision of Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald not to order an inquiry into Raphoe and other dioceses now fails victims of abuse.
Mrs Fitzgerald has not ruled out a state commission of inquiry in the future.
But calling for a State commission now, Deputy McConalogue, the Fianna Fáil spokesman on Children said it was “critical that the voices of the victims, failed by church and State, should be heard to enable them bring closure.”
He told the Minister in the Dail: “The public, members of the church and, in particular, victims are tired of the drip-feed of reports….we need a comprehensive way that will deal with it, for once and for all.”
However Minister Fitzgerald said the Health Service Executive had been conducting a national audit of all dioceses and religious orders and is expected to give her a report “in the Spring” which she says she will publish.
Decision on inquiries would take place then, she said.
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