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Irish probe police inaction on abuse complaints in Cloyne diocese

CWN - March 22, 2012

Irish government officials are investigating complaints that police (garda) officials failed to respond to reports of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne.

An independent report on the Cloyne diocese, released last year, sharply criticized diocesan officials for their failure to report abuse allegations. But the same report also criticized police for their lax handling of complaints. While the complaints against clerics drew worldwide notice and led to the introduction of new legislation penalizing priests who failed to disclose abuse, the investigation of police involved in the process is still in its early stages.

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