Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge

first_imgAs a new generation of parents in the Diocese of Raphoe comes terms with the sexual trauma of minors highlighted in last week’s TG4 documentary, Martin Ridge, the Garda at the centre of uncovering the scandals has said Bishop McGuckian’s statement has caused more confusion than clarity.At the same time Martin Gallagher, a survivor of clerical abuse says he will accept any invitation to meet the bishop: however that meeting must include a senior Garda officer and all four participants in the TG4 ‘Finné’ documentary.Despite headlines on social media that a meeting had been arranged, Mr. Gallagher confirmed to the Tirconaill Tribune on Wednesday that he had no knowledge of this and no progress whatever been made on the issue. Gallagher said that while welcoming the Bishop’s statement he questions why it took a documentary for him to go to the gardaí and to say that any information that the Diocese of Raphoe holds in relation to the abuse of children is completely available to the gardaí.Martin Gallagher, victim of Eugene GreeneMr. Gallagher said: “We already learned from the audit of the Diocese in 2011 that not one shred of evidence was discovered, despite the human misery heaped on young boys by two leading figures in our parish.“We never had any doubt these cases were covered up and we had three bishops in forty years who did nothing to help the victims. The Church is in denial and has failed again to come to terms with the hurt of the abused and the legacy of suicide in our Diocese.”Martin Gallagher continued: “The last thing we want now is another statement from the Bishop. We need action because it is now more urgent than ever. Many of those involved are elderly and it is vital that we see the Bishop take appropriate to address the harm done. And it is his responsibility and not ours to offer a solution that will end our misery.” “I want to remind the Bishop that Fr. Greene raped me when I was a child of twelve and it continued for a whole year. But if the church had dealt with him, I would not have been abused and the same applies to many others. I can never forgive Fr. Greene for his behaviour. What he did could not have gone without notice by his superiors and it is my view that is why he was moved from parish to parish… to continue his evil deeds, it was like a virus,” he added.Tribune queryIn the aftermath of the Bishop’s response, the Tribune addressed correspondence seeking clarification on a number of issues raised on behalf of victims last Friday afternoon.The paper sought to clarify if any response is being proposed in relation to clergy referenced in the documentary and in relation to the former schoolteacher, Denis McGinely whom the programme identified as being forewarned ahead of a Garda search of his home.They raised a query in relation to the circumstances that obtained when Fr. Eugene Greene was restored to diocesan duties prior to the appointment of Bishop Philip Boyce. Martin Ridge. Photo: TG4 FinneMartin Ridge RespondsReacting to the Bishop’s statement, Martin Ridge told the Tribune: “Bishop McGuckian seems to suggest that in the ‘Finné’ documentary that there was coverup with regard to child sexual abuse in the diocese and allegations of sorts that was not already known before. “There is nothing new in the documentary that was not already highlighted in ‘Sins of Omission’ in 2002 in ‘Shame of the Catholic Church’ in 2012 and in the book, ‘Breaking the Silence’ by Martin Ridge.“What’s not clear is what the Catholic Hierarchy knew about Eugene Greene’s activity with regards to abusing children. ” Ridge said: “Clarity in writing of what the Bishops knew would be important as they can’t wash their hands off this. The real story of what happened in Raphoe to hundreds and hundreds of victims will, in my opinion, only come out when there is a full garda investigation or judicial inquiry.”Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Finnélast_img read more

Milford woman fined after dog attacks neighbour

first_imgA Judge has said dog owners look very differently at their pets than people who do not own dogs.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking in the case of a young Co Donegal woman charged with not having her dog under control or having a muzzle or chain on it.Shauna Galagher appeared at Falcarragh District Court after her German Shepherd dog attacked her neighbour. The court heard Ms Gallagher, 23, had her dog at her home at Moyle Park on September 1st last year.The dog, whom she had owned since it was a pup, became excited when it came across neighbour Sarah McGoldrick.It jumped up on her and bit her on the forearm leaving her with two puncture wounds.The young mum had to receive medical treatment from her local doctor for the wounds. Solicitor for Ms Galagher, Mr Rory O’Brien told the court that the dog was licensed but that he was not muzzled or on a lead when he came out of the rear of the house.He said it was a “human error” and the dog was normally under control and well behaved.Since the incident, Ms Gallagher’s partner had put up a fence and bolts to keep the dog enclosed.“It was a once-off isolated incident,” added Mr O’Brien.However, Judge Kelly said people who owned dogs took a different view from people who didn’t own them. Judge Kelly described it as a “terrifying ordeal” for the injured party to be attacked by a dog and particularly a German Shepherd.There was an obligation on such dog owners to have the animal on a leash and muzzled.“That’s why the laws are in place.” saying the victim of the attack had received a “nasty injury” as a result.He ordered Ms Gallagher to pay Ms McGoldrick €250 for her costs including medical treatment. Milford woman fined after dog attacks neighbour was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agent Viru

first_imgSaturday, February 19It wasn’t easy getting hold of Agent Viru after his knock of 175 in the tournament opener against Bangladesh. Just short of midnight, though, I received his replies to my texts. And, they sure were worth the wait. On how he got Sachin Tendulkar run out, Viru replied, “Coach asked me to watch the ball. How can I watch the ball and the other batsman at the same time?” On what it was like to bat for 47 overs, he texted, “Life-changing experience. Now, I know why Dravid and Gambhir have such long faces. The boredom of batting between overs 20 to 35 could make even Shah Rukh Khan look like a cow.”Sunday, February 20Agent Viru’s stated intention to bat 50 overs has sent bowlers in every team queuing for life insurance. One day before their first game, Mitchell Johnson told Brett Lee, “Jeez, I didn’t think he was serious about it, mate. Any chance we may not crash out before facing him?”Viru was not amused, though. “I am scared of Johnson. He is a smart man. We Indian players only open restaurants. But he started Johnson’s baby powder. I used it on my son’s bum when he had rashes. See? Both his bowling and business involve him spraying it around. How smart is that?” said Viru.Monday, February 21 I caught up with Agent Viru at the coffee shop of ITC Gardenia, Bangalore, where he was reading the Sri Lanka vs Canada match report. Without taking his eyes off the newspaper he confessed that for the longest time he had no idea that countries like Canada also played cricket. “It turns out that even Canadians don’t know that,” a deadpan Viru added.advertisementTuesday, February 22One day after the Australia vs Zimbabwe match, the Gujarat Cricket Association lodged a complaint against Australian captain Ricky Ponting for smashing an lcd tv in the dressing room after being run out. They are angry because they believe only their President, Narendra Modi, has the right to break unnecessary items like screens, cameras and the law. When asked about it, Ponting initially claimed that he was in such good form that he was seeing the ball as large as an lcd screen and mistook the one in the dressing room for a ball. Later, smarter brains got together and drafted the official version. Apparently, the tv wasn’t working and Ponting simply tapped the top of the screen to get it started. “It’s not his fault that he’s built like Khalli and the tv like Ajit Agarkar,” the press release said. Viru, on hearing of the controversy, looked concerned. “I hope Sreesanth doesn’t get fined for that smashed tv,” he told me.Thursday, February 24 “What’s common between India in 2007 and Australia in 2011?” Agent Viru texted me early in the morning. “Greg Chappell,” promptly came the reply too. The joke is now doing the rounds in every team. Word has it that the Australian chief selector’s special liking for middle-aged, left-handed batsmen will do to Australia what it did to India four years ago. Worse, Ponting believes so too and is said to have communicated some choicest Australian pleasantries to Chappell after hearing about Michael Hussey’s recovery from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the World Cup squad.Highlight of the weekPakistan captain Shahid Afridi was spotted thinking. No one remembers when he was last seen doing that.The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more