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Irish government pressing religious orders to hand over schools

Catholic World News - August 08, 2011

The Irish government is putting pressure on religious orders to surrender schools and other property to the government, to help pay victims of abuse in Church-run institutions.

Ruari Quinn, the government’s education minister, has expressed dissatisfaction with the €476 million (about $680 million) offered by religious orders to abuse victims. Claiming that the congregations should pay about 50% more, Quinn has propsed that the orders hand over control of their schools.

The €476 million offer is for victims of abuse in reform schools and other residential institutions that were run by the religious orders. These schools were operating under the authority of the state. Quinn is asking the religious orders to pay half of the settlement costs awarded to the victims.

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