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Irish government seeks €680 million from religious orders for abuse victims

Catholic World News - April 19, 2010

The Irish government is pressing the country's religious order to add €200 million ($268 million) to the €477 million they have already contributed to a fund for victims of abuse in Church-run institutions. Taoiseach (prime minister) Brian Cowen said that the overall costs of programs to help abuse victims will be €1,360 million; he is asking Church officials to pay half of that cost.

The €1,360 million figure refers to the response to victims of physical and sexual abuse in institutions such as foster homes and juvenile detention centers that were run by religious orders on behalf of the state. The "Ryan Report," which revealed the extent of abuse in those institutions, said it was "the shared responsibility of both the state and the congregations" to help the victims.

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