Cancerous Irish culture of saying nothing

Our subservient way of thinking as a people bestows impunity on those in positions of power in the Irish Times December 1, 2009


‘IT IS the deaf people that create the lies.’ Irish proverbs are full of phrases about the power of silence.


Fr Donal Gallagher from the Dublin parish of St Peter’s in Phibsboro, horrifically exploited this cancerous Irish culture of saying nothing over a 20 year period.


The Dublin diocesan report noted that after Gallagher had finished sexually abusing a girl in the sanctity of the confession box, he would “wash his hands in the altar bowl and dry them with the napkin”. She was nine.



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