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Allegations against late prelate.

DUBLIN, IRELAND * An abuse victims' support group has urged the Irish government to set up a statutory inquiry to investigate whether there is any truth to allegations of sexual abuse against former Dublin Archbishop John McQuaid.

McQuaid, whom The Irish Times called the most powerful Catholic prelate in modern Irish history, died in 1973. The newspaper reported Dec. 9 that McQuaid is the cleric referred to in a supplementary chapter of Judge Yvonne Murphy's report into abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese.

The Murphy Report, published in 2009, found that the reputation of the church and the avoidance of scandal had been placed ahead of the needs of children to be protected.

The supplementary chapter reports that, in mid-2009, as the report was being finalized, the investigating commission received information of an adult man who had alleged in 2003 that McQuaid had abused him.

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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS; Archbishop John McQuaid
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Dec 23, 2011
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