Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation

On 28 March, 2006 the Government made an order establishing the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation, approved the members of the commission and approved the final terms of reference and statement of costs of the commission with a time frame for reporting.

The commission, chaired by Circuit Court Judge Yvonne Murphy, investigated the handling of allegations or complaints of child sexual abuse made against clergy operating under the aegis of the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin and the response to such cases, and the handling of cases where there was knowledge or concern regarding sexual abuse.

Secondly, the commission will investigate the position in any Catholic diocese in the State, following a notification from the Minister for Children that that diocese may not be implementing Church guidelines in relation to child sexual abuse by a priest or religious, or a notification that a diocese may not be implementing satisfactorily the recommendations of the Ferns Report.

On 26 November, 2009 the Minister published the report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

The terms of reference were amended by the Government in March 2009, as a result of which the Commission of Investigation is examining the handling of a representative sample of cases in the Diocese of Cloyne in the period 1 January, 1996 to 1 February, 2009.  In December, 2009 the Government, at the Commission's request, extended the Commission's terms to 30 June, 2010.