The Ryan Report on abuse of children in institutions of the state which were run by religious orders caused outrage and confusion among all the people of Ireland, both members of the Catholic Church and others. In the aftermath of the immediate shock and the widespread media coverage, it seems useful to reflect on the roots of the problems that gave rise to these horrors and to try to set out a way forward which might help to avoid such things happening in the future. Tony Flannery set about seeking views, comments and analysis which might add some breadth and depth of that reflection. He has brought together a very competent and thoughtful team to write about the report, in the hope of encouraging a constructive debate on the various issues raised. Contributors include: Terry Prone, Marie Keenan, Fainche Ryan, Tom O’Malley ( Law NUIG), Eamon Maher, Brendan McConvery ( History of Religious Life), John Littleton, Daire Keogh, Brian Lennon, Sean Duggan, Margaret Lee ( Ex-Mercy Nun), Sean Fagan and Tony Flannery.
About the Author
Tony Flannery (born 1947) is a member of the Redemptorist congregation, a native of Attymon, near Athenry in County Galway, Ireland. Tony joined the Redemptorists at the age of seventeen in 1964 and was ordained a priest ten years later, in 1974. He spent his priestly life as a preacher of missions, novenas and retreats, mostly around Ireland. He has written a number of books, and numerous articles in a variety of publications, both religious and secular. For about fourteen years he contributed a regular column for the Redemptorist magazine, Reality. Tony was part of the group that founded the Association of Catholic Priests, and he continues to act as one of the Leadership Team.