Friday, December 4, 2009

Catholic nuns to pay out £116million compensation for child abuse

Catholic nuns to pay out £116million compensation for child abuse
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:34 PM on 03rd December 2009

Catholic nuns responsible for child abuse last night offered to pay their victims £116million in compensation.
The Sisters of Mercy is one of 18 orders of Catholic priests, brothers and nuns in the Republic of Ireland who ran schools and workhouses for generations of deprived children until the 1990s.
Five of the order's schools were named and shamed in the Ryan Report into abuse.
Valuable real estate: The Sisters of Mercy Convent on Cork Street, Dublin, is valued at £7.62million
They include the notorious Goldenbridge orphanage in Dublin where children were forced to work all night producing rosary beads or face horrific punishments.
The payout will go to thousands of victims of rape, molestation, beatings and psychological torment covered up for decades.


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Some £18million in cash will be transferred to a trust for former residents of homes run by the nuns, while properties valued at £98million will be divided between the trust, the Irish government and charities.
The announcement came six months after 2,000 people gave evidence of horrific physical and sexual abuse while in the care of Catholic run institutions.
The Ryan Report concluded that church leaders knew sexual abuse was 'endemic' in boys' institutions.
The Sisters of Mercy, founded in Dublin in 1827, said in a statement yesterday it was 'deeply saddened at the findings of the Ryan Report' and 'wholeheartedly regrets the suffering experienced by the children in its care'.
The order has already paid out £30million and pledged a further £1.6million to its victims.
Last week a damning report condemned the Roman Catholic Church for covering up 30 years of horrific sex abuse by Irish priests.

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