Kevin Myers: Any senator or TD who tried to raise the issue of clerical child abuse in the Dail would have been shouted down - Kevin Myers, Columnists - Independent.ie
Myers refers to several parts of society that failed to investigate clerical abuse of children much sooner. For this thread, I am focusing on journalism.For much of that time, any senator or TD who tried to raise the issue of clerical child abuse in the Dail would have been shouted down or ruled out of order; and any journalist who wrote about it would have been destroyed in the libel courts.
SO, many traditions within democratic Ireland allowed this abuse to go on, and to blame just one of them now is to exonerate those other parts which were passively complicit, either through neglect, indolence, cowardice or political convenience: namely, journalism, politics, An Garda Siochana and the courts.
In a previous thread that I had started, about the Brendan Smyth controversy, in the History forum, I was asked why I would find it to believe that a member of the Catholic hierarchy would go as far as committing perjury to cover up clerical abuse of children.
The Brendan Smyth extradition controversy.
Even though an oath in a civil court may be outside canon law, it is still an oath that is sworn by almighty God. Therefore, IMO, a the swearing by a witness that they will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth
is blasphemous as well as criminal.
Galwayman exonerated on false rape claim
In this thread, Andrew 49 writes about former Evening Herald's editor Brian Quinn's regret for not investigating the Artane industrial school.
All that the Herald was planning to do was report a court case. What was Mr Quinn afraid that O'Connor would do if the story about the court case had been published? It's not as if O'Connor had the capacity to have him bundled into a car in a Gestapo-style abduction and then have him shot. "Christian Brothers" did not carry guns.Brian Quinn (former editor of the Evening Herald] describes how he witnessed:
.... one of the worst of the Christian Brothers [Br. Joseph O'Connor director of the Artane Boys Band] break into the office of the manager and demand that a court case that mentioned Artane should not be used. Before the manager could lift a phone he [O'Connor] would push open the editorial door to tell us the manager had instructed that the case be dumped. O'Connor got away with this just one more time. On the third time of demanding the manager, who was the most honourable and dedicated to ethics, said no, as he was not going to interfere with the editors any mor on behalf of Artane.