TIMELINE OF TERROR.
NOVEMBER 1994: Taoiseach Albert Reynolds quits and the Government collapses after claims the Attorney General colluded with Church authorities to delay Smyth's British extradition.
JULY 1995: Former altar boy Andrew Madden becomes first Irish citizen to speak publicly and says the Dublin Archdiocese paid him EUR35,000 to keep quiet about assaults by Rev Ivan Payne. Dublin Archbishop Desmond Connell denies deal until Madden provides proof. Hundreds go on to pursue civil suits.
JANUARY 1996: Catholic leaders instruct bishops to tell senior gardai about all suspected sex abuse cases. Some do not.
MARCH 1999: Rev Sean Fortune commitssuicide while awaiting trial on 66 criminalcharges of molesting and raping 29 boys. Former altar boy Colm O'Gorman launches victim support group One In Four.
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APRIL 1999: Shocking RTE documentary States Of Fear exposes abuse of children.
MAY 1999: Taoiseach Bertie Ahern issues a"long overdue apology" to those abused and vows to compensate the victims. May 2000: Government gives powers to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. April 2002: Bishop of Ferns Brendan Comiskeyquits for failing to protect children from his pervert priests. DECEMBER 2002: Government sets up board to pay compensation to victims of abuse.
SEPTEMBER 2003: Justice Mary Laffoy, thecommission's original judge, quits over the refusal to hand over files.
2005: Report finds Ferns bishops sheltered and priests who raped altar boys and molested girls. 2005: Residential Institutions Redress Board reveals more than 14,000 people are claiming they were abused.
2008: Redress Boards pays 12,000 victims an average EUR64,230 each with around 2,000 claims outstanding.
2009: Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse publishes 2,575-page report. Two more reports into Church's protecof sex predator priests may be published later this year.
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