Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paedophile Priests 'Will Be Brought to Justice'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paedophile Priests 'Will Be Brought to Justice'

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Byline: rossLydall Chief News Correspondent

THE Irish government today vowed to bring paedophile priests to justice, branding their reign of terror a systemic, calculated perversion of power and trust.

As a long-running Commission detailed the extent of cover-ups by Catholic hierarchy, the government apologised, insisting dark days of abuse and secrecy were gone for good.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern pledged to bring offenders to court. "On a human level -- as a father and as a member of this community -- I felt a growing sense of revulsion and anger," he said.

"Revulsion at the horrible, evil acts committed against children. Anger at how those children were then dealt with and how often abusers were left free to abuse.

"But the white heat of our anger should not for one moment deflect us from what needs to be done. The persons who committed these dreadful crimes -- no matter when they happened -- will continue to be pursued. They must come to know that there is no hiding place. …

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