Parishes, groups, clubs and communities throughout the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly have been urged to seek Garda Vetting for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults as part of the safeguarding process underway through the diocesan Safeguarding Committee.
A special evening held in St Patrick’s College in Thurles this week, hosted by the Safeguarding Committee, highlighted the need for constant vigilance, and the need for constant re-vetting in a bid to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are as safe as they can possibly be.
The seminar was addressed by Dr Melissa Darmody of the Catholic Bishops and Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) sponsored ‘Towards Healing’ group which deals with survivors of abuse and currently has multiple legacy cases on it’s books. Dr Darmody revealed that there are many new legacy cases still presenting from Ireland and overseas and significant supports are in place to deal with the survivors through telephone and face-to-face counselling, facilitated listening meetings, referrals, workshops and advocacy.
None of those coming forward at the present time reporting abuse refer to post 1992, Dr Darmody said who outlined the challenges facing the counsellors and the abuse victims alike. ‘Towards Healing’ - the Catholic Church response to clerical, institutional and and religious abuse, is available to anyone who has suffered abuse through 1800303146. Survivors are encouraged to make contact immediately.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.