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Taoiseach Offers State Apology To Victims Of Sexual Abuse In Day Schools

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

03:19 9 Jul 2019


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The Taoiseach has offered an apology on behalf of the State to victims of sexual abuse in day schools.

It comes after a ruling that the State misinterpreted a European court judgement that made accessing redress harder.

The latest ruling said victims shouldn't have to prove they had made a prior complaint against a teacher.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Leo Varadkar said the redress scheme will be reopened to allow victims access to compensation.

He said: "I believe that sexual abuse is the most heinous of all crimes, especially when the victims are children.

"It stays with them forever; trust is betrayed, lives forever destroyed and families broken.

"So on behalf of the State, I want to apologise to people who were sexually abused when they were children in our day schools before 1992 and for the State's delay thereafter in acknowledging that it had a responsibility to protect them."

He added that the State would pay compensation to the 13 people who lodged the court appeal without delay.

Reporting by Sean Defoe and Stephen McNeice
Main image: File photo of Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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