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European court rules that Irish government must compensate abuse victim

Catholic World News - January 29, 2014

Overturning a decision by the Supreme Court of Ireland, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Irish government failed to protect a woman from sexual abuse by a lay teacher nearly 40 years ago at a national (public) school administered by the Church.

The court ordered Ireland to pay the woman over $150,000 for damages and legal costs.

The court “found that Ireland's system of detecting and reporting abuse was ineffective in the 1970s, allowing more than 400 incidents of abuse by [the victim’s] former principal and teacher,” the Associated Press reported.

Prime Minister Enda Kelly declined to respond to a call to apologize to the victim, The Irish Times reported.

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  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Jan. 29, 2014 7:36 PM ET USA

    What's with the retroactivity? Will they also go after perceived Irish misdeeds during the 1690 Battle of the Boyne? Give me a break.

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