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Court to hear further arguments over abuse report

Published 29/10/2009

The High Court will hear additional arguments related to the publication of the Dublin Archdiocese abuse report today.

It follows concerns that the release of other material in the report may affect criminal proceedings.

Two weeks ago, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan directed that the report could be published with the exception of one chapter referring to a particular individual, plus additional references to that person in other parts of the report.

The judge made the order in public after hearing the case in camera over a number of days.

This cleared the way for the Justice Minister to go ahead and part publish the report, which deals with the handling of abuse allegations against 46 priests.

It was expected the report would be released last week, but it then emerged there were further concerns and another private hearing took place at the High Court.

The judge afterwards said an issue had been raised about the report which had not been brought to his attention before.

This matter is back before him this morning.

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