Friday, 17 December 2010

Catholic institutions still owe the State hundreds of millions of euro in contributions that were promised after the church abuse scandals.

Catholic institutions still owe the State hundreds of millions of euro in contributions that were promised after the church abuse scandals, according to new figures obtained by the Labour party.

The figures show that out of €348m pledged last year in cash and property after the Ryan report, just 6% has been handed over. No property has been transferred.

More than €26m is still outstanding from the original Indemnity Deal.

Under that deal, negotiated in 2002, the religious congregations pledged to hand over €128m in cash and property.

At the time the Government said this would cover half of the cost of compensating victims.

However, since that Indemnity Deal, the State has paid out more than €1bn in legal fees and compensation payments to victims.

The data was given to Labour’s Ruairi Quinn in response to a Parliamentary Question.

Mr Quinn said he believed the public would be disappointed and angered at the slow pace of the payments.

He said he hoped it did not represent an attempt by the congregations to renege on the agreement.

He called on the Government to insist the pace of payments and property transfers was accelerated.

 

4 Responses to “Catholic institutions owe State over €300m”

  1. amere-brush-hand says:

    Enough of the feet washing and the ‘public relations’ Vatican investigation. We know you lied and covered up crimes against children and that Brady got promoted to Cardinal and has never been held to account.

    And the Magdalene survivors have been excluded and are therefore still being abused. Cough up the money now.

  2. robert says:

    It is clear the pope has no respect for Ireland and her people

  3. Greetings
    Perhaps Ruairi Quinn would now seek to put in place emergency legislation to enforce the handover in the form of compulsory acquisition orders with appropriate cash interest to be applied and revaluation of properties to match the current climate. Similarly, the bank accounts of religious orders should be frozen and funds redirected to the states coffers.

    One consolation is that at least the yield will not be exposed to the FF element which had an uncontrollable predeliction for misappropriating funds to own hidden bank accounts.

    RB

  4. robert says:

    THIS SHOULD READ Catholic institutions owe SURVIVORS over €300m THE STATE SAVED BILLIONS AT THE HANDS OF CHILDREN FORCED INTO CARE.
    I AM DISGUSTED THAT SO LITTLE HAS BEEN DONE TO HELP THOSE WHO SUFFERED BY THE HANDS OF GREED.

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