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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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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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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
    www.amnesty.ie
    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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