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Children's groups criticise response to Ryan Report

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The Ryan Report found abuse to be endemic in Catholic boys' institutions

Child protection agencies in Dublin have strongly criticised the Irish government for failing to act quickly enough to protect children.

The eight organisations met to examine the impact of the Ryan Report one year on from its publication.

The report detailed the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children at Catholic institutions in Ireland.

The coalition of groups, whose campaign is called Saving Childhood Ryan, warned the momentum for change was being lost.

The Ryan Report, which was published a year ago, found church leaders knew sexual abuse was "endemic" in boys' institutions.

The inquiry covering a 60-year-period from 1936, also found physical and emotional abuse were features of institutions.

Last year, the Irish government agreed to implement the recommendations made by the commission which was chaired by Judge Sean Ryan.

The report proposed 21 ways the government could recognise past wrongs, including building a permanent memorial, providing counselling and education to victims, and improving Ireland's current child protection services.

Those promises were assessed by the child protection organisations on Thursday.

Barnardo's chief executive Fergus Finlay said: "In the year since the Ryan Report was published we've had an enormous amount of policy development and very little implementation.

"A lot of promises have been made of extra resources but they haven't found their way to where they're needed

"A lot of promises have been made about changes in law, none of them have been initiated and we're still waiting for a referendum on the rights of children despite the fact there is all-party agreement on what needs to be done."

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