Clerical Child Abuse – The Irish Experience

  • Judge Yvonne Murphy


Ireland has been overwhelmed in the past two decades by what the Catholic Church itself has called ‘a tsunami’ of revelations of clerical child abuse – physical as well as sexual – of the meticulous concealment of abuse and abusers and of a long-established, and almost universal policy of protecting the assets and reputation of the Church, in preference to exposing the abusers.Between 2006 and 2009 Judge Yvonne Murphy chaired a Commission of Inquiry into the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

How to Cite
Murphy, Y. (2013) “Clerical Child Abuse – The Irish Experience”, Victoria University Law and Justice Journal. Melbourne, Australia, 3(1), pp. 19-26. doi: 10.15209/vulj.v3i1.23.
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