Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Children Robert Troy has welcomed the progress made by Catholic Church and religious orders outlined in the report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children.  It reviewed child protection procedures in four dioceses and five other Church entities. 

Deputy Troy commented, “I welcome the progress highlighted in the reports published today, especially the advances made in the Dublin Archdiocese, which have been described as “remarkable” by the NBSCCC.  The report says all dioceses are making very good progress in adhering to the Board’s standards, and are now conscious of their obligations around reporting.

However the Deputy remains concerned about practices in some of the other Religious Congregations and Missionary Societies. 

“The report found that in two cases within one congregation priests were allowed to continue in ministry even though admissions were made, while in another order, cases against deceased brothers, former brothers and lay teachers were not always notified to the Gardaí.

“These findings are extremely worrying and highlight the failures that still exist within some quarters of the Church and religious orders.   These failures need to be addressed and the recommendations of these reports implemented without delay.

“This report further emphasises the need for robust legislation to protect vulnerable children.  I’ve raised concerns that the Children’s First Bill as it stands does not go far enough.  Reasonable sanctions are needed to penalise those who fail to report child protection issues.  The current Bill needs to be amended and strengthened to ensure that every child will be afforded the full protection of the State.