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Irish government minister reportedly avoided hearing sex-abuse complaints

February 17, 2016

Ireland's finance minister, Michael Noonan, has been accused by a former political colleague of deliberating dodging a meeting to discuss sex-abuse complaints. 

According to the accusation, Noonan agreed to meet with sex-abuse victims, to hear complaints about a foster home in Waterford, in 1997. But when the victims assembled, he rushed out the door. His accuser, Garry O'Halloran, said that Noonan "did not want to know" about the abuse.

The charges against the government minister could prompt some interesting comparisons, since Irish Catholic bishops have been pilloried for ignoring sex-abuse complaints. 

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