By Mary Regan, Political Correspondent
Saturday, April 9th, 2011

RELIGIOUS orders have contributed €20 million in cash of the estimated €1.3 billion cost of meeting child abuse compensation claims — leaving most of the rest to be picked up by the taxpayer.

This means the Church has not contributed a cent since the Ryan Report revealed abuse almost two years ago.

Under a controversial deal struck by former education minister Michael Woods, in 2002 the Church’s liability was limited to €128m of an estimated €1.1bn compensation package. But following the publication of the Ryan Report in June 2009 the Church offered to raise its contribution to €348.5m to meet an expected rise in compensation payments.

Last April, the Government asked for a 50:50 split which “would require further contributions of at least €200m from the congregation”, according to Department of Finance documents. But the briefing notes prepared for the new minister for finance, released under the Freedom of Information Act, point out: “Only €20m of the original cash offers has been received.”

The payments were to be broken down into €111m in cash, €2m in rent waivers to the state and €235.5m in property. The documents released yesterday said: “The offers of property are still being examined in terms of their usefulness.” The following two paragraphs of the notes are blacked out.

In November 2008, seven months before the release of the Ryan Report, then minister for education Batt O’Keeffe confirmed €20m in cash had been paid at that stage. He said further cash payments of €32m were being paid in place of agreed property transfers which had not materialised.

Irish Independent

 

3 Responses to “Orders give just €20m of €1.3bn abuse compo bill”

  1. Martha says:

    Evin FDaly said:

    “Split? What split? The church must pay its own bill in full. What you’re seeing is it’s continued influence among members in position of power.”

    Well, of course! ANY Irish adult who does not know that our so-called political leaders are not the products of a thoroughly Roman Catholic INDOCTRINATION as children, from birth, is also a “brainwashed” Catholic robot, i.e., not a normal human adult who is capable of THINKING for him or herself.

    As the saying goes “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic!: Note, I thought that was funny when I first heard it some years ago (I believe it was the title of a West End play) but of its true, but alas, a very tragic truth.

  2. rose says:

    rent waivers? can someone please explain this please?

  3. Evin FDaly says:

    Split? What split? The church must pay its own bill in full. What you’re seeing is it’s continued influence among members in position of power.

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