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There are other issues which haven’t been fully ventilated. Mr Justice Sean Ryan alluded to one of these when saying that religious congregations may complain about “a barrage of criticism on the basis of unproven or extravagant or extreme . . . allegations” which may be contained within the records but did not feature in the commission’s final report in 2009. Photograph: AP

From rural Ireland, Tomás has spent most of his turbulent life abroad. The detritus left behind included intermittent employment, a failed marriage, e(...)

Mr Justice Sean Ryan, who chaired the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, has said those who gave evidence before it, did so on the basis of “absolute protection”, as provided for in Acts of 2000 and 2005.  Photograph: Frank Miller

It may take something of the wisdom of Solomon to resolve wholly reasonable disagreements surrounding the retention of more than two million files gen(...)

Justice Seán Ryan said ‘it appears that the total given in the report was derived by adding the yearly figures for the population in the institutions but that did not take account of the fact that children were counted in each year of detention’. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

New figures indicate that the number of children who went through institutions investigated by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse is about a q(...)

It’s a Saturday afternoon and the Birmingham Hippodrome is a hive of activity. The theatre is celebrating its 120th birthday and locals are dropping i(...)

The Disclosures Tribunal is investigating allegations made by Garda Nick Keogh. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

A serious allegation against former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan should be withdrawn as there is no evidence to support it, resumed sittings o(...)

The damaged statue of Dr Patrick Leahy in Thurles, Co Tipperary, covered over on Friday. The head appears to have been knocked off violently rather than carefully removed

Residents of Thurles, Co Tipperary, have been left dumbfounded by a “wanton act of vandalism” on a 19th-century statue of the town’s celebrated former(...)

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

On May 20th, 2009, the Commission into Child Abuse published its shattering 2,600-page report. It investigated 215 residential institutions for chi(...)

One of the things that stuck Mr Justice Seán Ryan’s  mind during the years when the commission heard evidence was the extraordinary number of people held in institutions over those decades in Ireland. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Preparing to publish his investigation into Ireland’s religious-run residential institutions 10 years ago this month, Mr Justice Seán Ryan knew that h(...)

The congregations have yet to pay in full compensation deals reached in 2002 and 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eighteen religious congregations who ran orphanages, reformatories and industrial schools investigated by the Ryan Commission have yet to fully honour(...)

President Michael D Higgins hosts an event at Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday for the Christine Buckley Centre, an organisation set up to assist the victims of clerical and institutional abuse. Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

Society and those who “stayed silent” also bear responsibility for what took place in industrial schools and other historic institutions, President Mi(...)

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