Government Reports

There have been a number of investigations and reports into both clerical and institutional abuse of children in institutions in Ireland.

The best known of these is The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (The Ryan Report), which deals with institutional abuse, followed by The Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (The Murphy Report), which deals with sexual abuse in the Dublin diocese. However there were several other reports, one of which dates back over 40 years. Click on the links below to find out more.


Institutional Abuse

The following reports detail institutional abuse of children in institutions in Ireland.

The reports covered are The Ryan Report, the Madonna House Report and the Reformatory and Industrial Schools Systems Report. Below you will find web links and downloadable pdfs of these.

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The Madonna House Report
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The abridged version of this report was published in May 1996. It is a report on the inquiry into the operation of Madonna House, Merrion Rd, Dublin. Details of allegations of sexual abuse are withheld from the report for legal reasons.
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The Reformatory and Industrial Schools Systems Report
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The Reformatory and Industrial Schools Systems Report (Kennedy Report) was the result of an inquiry carried out from 1967-1970 by a committee headed by District Justice Eileen Kennedy. Although the terms of reference of this Committee were originally restricted to reformatory and industrial schools, the Minister subsequently agreed that the Committee’s inquiries should include all children in care. The overall impact of their findings led the Kennedy Report to recommend the abolition of “the institutional system of residential care”.
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Full Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse
WWW.CHILDABUSECOMMISSION.IE
The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (The Ryan Report) was published on 20th May, 2009. The Report included 20 recommendations and focused on Government Departments and institutions responsible for services in the period in question.

The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Table of contents
WWW.CHILDABUSECOMMISSION.IE
A full breakdown of the contents of the report

The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Executive Summary
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This breaks the report down into summaries of each section.

The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Volume 1
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The Investigation Committee Report on Institutions – This includes a preface and includes an overview of the Christian Brothers, six Christian Brothers schools, St Joseph’s School for the Deaf in Cabra, Daingean Reformatory School, and Marlborough house Detention Centre

The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Volume 2
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This continues the Investigation Committee Report into individual institutions and deals with 15 institutions including Goldenbridge, Lota and Upton. It also includes overviews on the Institute of Charity and Sisters of Charity.

The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Volume 3
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This is the final Report of the work of the Confidential Committee and presents oral evidence recounted by 1,090 witnesses about their time in institutions. It is divided into Part 1 (mostly dealing with Industrial and Reformatory Schools) and Part 2 (mostly dealing with abuse and experiences in ‘Other Institutions’)

The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Volume 4
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This looks at the role of The Department of Education, the issue of finance, Irish society and the schools, the development of Childcare Policy in Ireland since 1970 and recollections from witnesses who were interviewed.

The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse: Volume 5
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This investigates the role of the ISCPP, the ways children ended up in institutions, the psychological impact on survivors, health records of children in institutions and a review from a historical context. It also includes a review of childcare in England.


Diocesan Abuse

The following reports detail clerical abuse of children in Ireland.

The reports covered are the investigation into the Catholic Diocese of CloyneCatholic Archdiocese of Dublin and the Diocese of Ferns. Below you will find web links and downloadable pdfs of these.

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The Report by the Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne
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The Report by the Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne was published in December 2010. It scrutinises how both Catholic Church and State authorities handled allegations of abuse against 19 clerics in the Co. Cork diocese.
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The Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin
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The Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (The Murphy Report) was published by the Minister for Justice and Equality on 29th November, 2009. It is an investigation into the handling of child sexual abuse cases in the Dublin diocese between 1975 and 2004.
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The Ferns Report
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Published on 25th October 2005, The Ferns Report was the result of the Fern Inquiry which was established in 2003 to investigate allegations, and the response to these allegations, of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy in the diocese of Ferns from 1962-2002.


Other Reports

Other reports associated with investigations and reports into both clerical and institutional abuse of children in institutions in Ireland.

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In Plain Sight
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This report, responding to the Ferns, Cloyne, Murphy and Ryan reports, was commissioned by Amnesty International Ireland and compiled by Dr Carole Horohan. It was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald on 26 September 2011.
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