Brothers To Pay Out €161m Over Abuses

The Order of Christian Brothers have announced today they are to hand over €161 million in compensation and property in the fallout of the hideous revelations in the Ryan Report.

In a statement released this week, the order provided details of its incremental €161 million package of measures, which it said were "reparation for abuses of the past".

The payout includes €30 million to a Government Trust, €4 million for counselling services for victims, and the transfer of school playing fields worth €127 million into ownership of the Government and the Edmund Rice Schools Trust.

A spokesman for the order said: "The range of incremental measures outlined in our response to Government follow the Brothers' acceptance, shame and sorrow at the findings of the Ryan Report.

"We understand and regret that nothing we say or do can turn back the clock for those affected by abuse.

"Our fervent hope is that the initiatives now proposed will assist in the provision of support services to former residents of the institutions as well as the facilities, resources and scope to protect, cherish and educate present and future generations of children."

The statement by the Christian Brothers coincides with the upcoming interim report of the Commission of Investigation, looking into clerical sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin, which is expected this week.

The report was presented to Cabinet yesterday, after a series of delays over it's publication date.

The report, which is expected to be published on Thursday, details how the Catholic Church and State authorities handled allegations of clerical child abuse using a sample of 46 priests.

The Publication of the report had been delayed but was cleared for release by the High Court last week.

The High Court ruled that the report could be published but a specified chapter, which identified another person was directed to be removed as it was in danger of prejudicing


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