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COMMENT: Artane victims demand justice.

THE shame of Artane stands as an indictment not just of the Christian Brothers but of the state.

Hundreds of young boys were failed by the system; failed by those meant to protect and care for them.

The Catholic Church and the government of the time let down the most vulnerable members of society.

What has now become the biggest child abuse investigation in the history of the state must deliver prosecutions and answers.

The Christian Brothers should cooperate with this investigation.

To do justice to those who suffered so terribly at Artane, this current inquiry must be fair and thorough.

One file has already been sent to the DPP. Others should follow.

That these crimes were carried out by members of a religious order should not preclude the involvement of the judicial system.

The courage of the abused boys, now men, must be rewarded by justice finally being done.

And the government must learn, too, from the Artane scandal and ensure that future generations of Irish children are safe from abuse.
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Title Annotation:Leader
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 1999
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