Irish Abuse Inquiry admits “serious erroneous statistic”

The difficulties in investigating historic matters even when there are records available was highlighted when the Ryan Commission (the Commission of Inquiry  created to investigate historic abuse in Irish residential institutions) accepted that the figures they quoted in its final report were inaccurate.  .

The Ryan Commission had previously reported that around 170,000 children had been placed in the institutions investigated by it.  In a statement on the commission’s website on 25 November 2019, Mr Justice Séan Ryan, the Chair of the Commission, confirmed that the report published in 2009 contained erroneous information on the numbers cited.

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