Cardinal Seán Brady welcomes announcement by Minister for Children Barry Andrews
Today’s developments raise important issues for those with responsibility for safeguarding children in the Diocese of Cloyne. However I am heartened by the Minister’s recognition that strides have been ‘taken in recent times in the Diocese [of Cloyne] to improve the manner in which child protection matters are handled.’
I also welcome the announcement that the Minister’s Office and the HSE will be engaging with the National Board for Safeguarding Children to explore how they can cooperate to ensure the highest standards of child safeguarding practice within the Catholic Church. I am confident that the competence and independence of the National Board will play a key role in addressing the deficit of trust noted by the Minister.
Martin Long, Director of Communications (086 172 7678)