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£8.7m for counselling of abused ‘is a waste’

An extra €10m (£8.7m) from Catholic bishops and religious orders for counselling victims of clerical child abuse was dismissed last night as “a waste of money”.

Michael O'Brien of the Right to Peace survivors group said that the money would be better spent on providing accommodation and medical care for elderly victims living rough in Britain.

“Only one in three survivors has opted for counselling”, said Mr O'Brien, a former Fianna Fail mayor of Clonmel in Co Tipperary.

The announcement was made in a document, Towards Healing And Renewal, which was circulated in parishes across the country at Masses yesterday and Saturday evening.

Last night Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, encouraged everyone to read this “short but very important pastoral document”.

Dublin victim Andrew Madden said it was disappointing but not surprising that there was “not a single reference to the role the Catholic bishops played in causing the sexual abuse of so many children by covering up for the priests carrying out that abuse”.

Belfast Telegraph