Senator Daly calls on the leader to allow a debate on the issue of child abuse following Cardinal Brady documentary

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That well known phrase “Evil prospers when good men stay silent” was epitomised in that television programme last night. No doubt, Cardinal Brady is a good man but he stayed silent when he needed to speak up. The reason he is a cardinal today is because he stayed silent. There is no doubt that if he spoke out in the Ireland of the 1970s—-

I call on the Leader to allow an urgent debate on this issue. I know there is proposed legislation on this matter. We see that Fr. Brian D’Arcy and others are being silenced, as part of current church policy.

This abuse is not just in the Catholic Church, but as Senator Norris pointed out, it is across society. Most abuse takes place in the home and is perpetrated by a family member. It is the silence and inaction of the church that allows the abuse to continue which is the grave crime. Anybody who hears about it is totally appalled.

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