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Taoiseach Enda Kenny maintains stance on Vatican abuse interference

By Fiach Kelly

The Vatican's failure to provide information to the Murphy Commission was an example of "interference" in child abuse inquiries, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday.

Mr Kenny insisted anything less than full co-operation from the Catholic Church with state investigations was not good enough, as he again stood over his controversial speech to the Dail on clerical sex abuse.

He said: "As a member of the Catholic Church I want to see that the church ... is absolutely above reproach.

"For that reason, my claim in the Dail still stands.

"This (Murphy) is a statutory commission of inquiry and as such nothing less than full co-operation is required and anything less than full co-operation in my view is unwarranted interference."

The Murphy Commission was set up in 2006 and reported back in November 2009.

It was led by Judge Yvonne Murphy, who was charged with investigating clerical sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Documents published by the Wikileaks website suggest the Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before the Murphy investigation.

The leaked cable suggests that many in the Vatican were offended by requests for information from the commission, which they saw as an affront to Vatican sovereignty.

In its lengthy statement at the weekend, the Vatican said Mr Kenny's claim in the Dail on July 20 -- that it attempted to frustrate an inquiry into abuse "as little as three years ago" -- was unfounded. And Mr Kenny had been called upon to explain his claims.

At the Fine Gael 'think-in' in Galway yesterday, Mr Kenny said his Dail speech was an "expression of anger and frustration" felt by many Irish people.

The Cabinet will discuss the Vatican's weekend response to the Cloyne report when it meets tomorrow.

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