After previous refusals, Senator Rónán Mullen, formerly spokesman for Cardinal Desmond Connell, partially answers questions on the Murphy report. He had previously refused to answer any questions from the newspaper over the phone, insisting they be e-mailed to him before he would reply.
The seven questions Mr Mullen did not answer are as follows:
- The Murphy report was published on November 26th last. Almost three weeks have passed and you have made no response to its findings. Why is this?
- Do you believe your own credibility on other issues may have been affected by this prolonged silence from one known to have a well-publicised interest in issues of importance to Catholics?
- What are your reflections on the findings of the Murphy report that there was a cover-up at Archbishop’s House?
- What are your reflections on the findings of the Murphy report where Cardinal Connell is concerned?
- What are your reflections on the findings of the Murphy report where the bishops named in the report are concerned?
- Do you believe the serving bishops named in the Murphy report should resign?
- Where to from here for Catholicism in Ireland?
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These questions don't appear all that difficult to answer - yet the Senator appears to have a mental block on them - strange for a politician not to offer an opinion, even stranger for a politician to have reservations about voicing his own opinions.