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Brady: religious orders must pay

Cardinal Seán Brady yesterday called on the religious orders to “revisit” the 2002 deal with the Irish government which capped their contribution towards victims of clerical abuse at €128m, one tenth of €1.2bn that has to be bridged by the taxpayer.

Speaking at an unannounced meeting of senior bishops a Maynooth to discuss the fall-out from last week’s shocking Abuse Commission report, Cardinal Brady said that any new deal should bear in mind the needs of victims.

“It should be revisited and taken into consideration the potential of people to pay and above all the needs of the victims — we have to keep coming back to that,” the cardinal said.

Cardinal Brady was speaking in Maynooth where bishops are meeting to discuss plans for their three-day summer meeting next month and to consider their response to the report of the Commission on Child Abuse published last week.

His comments followed those a call by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin on the 18 Catholic religious congregations party to the 2002 indemnity deal to make a “new gesture of recognition” of the abuse carried out in institutions they ran.

Over the weekend Cardinal Brady’s chief aide, Fr Tim Bartlett appealed to the religious orders to pay more, an appeal that was backed by Bishop of Connor, Noel Treanor.

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