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Irish religious order offers €128 million to abuse victims

December 04, 2009

The Sisters of Mercy in Ireland have offered €128 million ($190 million) to settle the claims of people who have reported that they were abused while they lived in residential facilities administered by the religious order. The Sisters of Mercy administered several youth residences that were cited for abuse in the “Ryan report,” a government-sponsored study that investigated claims of misconduct in orphanages and juvenile homes during the 20th century.

(The Ryan report is distinct from the "Murphy Commission report," released earlier this week. The latter covered the handling of sex-abuse complaints against priests in the Dublin archdiocese.)

Last week the Irish Christian Brothers, the religious order most prominently associated with the institutions criticized in the Ryan report, offered their own €161 million package to settle abuse claims.


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