Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod
In addition to putting Roddy on probation for three years for the offenses, which carry a maximum jail term of 10 years, Marrinan imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention order under which Roddy is banned from unsupervised contact with under 18 year olds, and also banned from frequenting child center locations.
Marrinan said Roddy had a deeply ingrained incorrect attitude to young girls.
"You have bizarre fantasies," he said. "It appears you had a fantasy about this young girl and befriended her before she had any contact with boys, and you kept that friendship going by the sad expedient of giving here money. That is sad and concerning and completely fanciful."
What Strong Forces?
THE Bishop of Kerry has urged Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin, to explain his claim that there are "strong forces" that would prefer that the whole truth did not emerge in relation to clerical child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Bishop Bill Murphy asked Martin to elaborate further on the claims he made when recently addressing the Knights of Columbanus.
"I would like clarification on the expression strong forces. I do not know what Archbishop Martin means by strong forces or where they are located," Murphy said.
"I am sure there are some people -- clerical and lay -- who would have wished the truth had not come out. I have not encountered any such strong forces in this diocese," he added.
Murphy said he supported the general tone of the statement made by the archbishop.
"I have read his address to the Knights of Columbanus and I am in substantial agreement with his views. In fact I have advised the priests of the diocese to read and study it," he said in a statement posted on the diocesan website.
"Of course, I have felt disheartened and discouraged whenever new revelations came to light. However, I am not disillusioned and neither, I believe, is Archbishop Martin," Murphy suggested.
Murphy acknowledged that there had been a weakening of faith in communities across Ireland over the last 40 years due to the rapid and radical changes in Irish society but he insisted, "I would not say that there is a massive crisis of faith in Ireland. What we are experiencing now is a crisis of confidence in the church."
Brothels in Carlow
PROSTITUTES are selling sex from a network of brothels in the heart of Carlow Town. The women are advertised on various websites, and as recently as Last Monday morning, two of them were available for sex within 10 minutes.
Four premises in the center of Carlow town have been identified as working brothels, with other venues also being used by the sex workers when required.
Contact is made with the women by people logging onto websites such as www.irishpunters.com, where prostitutes all across Ireland are listed county by county.
Four women are contained in the Carlow folder and, as of Monday, they were Hanna, Sophie, Jazabel and Valentina.
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