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The Ryan and Murphy reports have exposed the extent of the abuse carried out against children by Catholic priests in the Dublin Diocese between 1975 and 2004. It is also clear that such abuses have occurred in practically all parishes of the Roman Catholic Church in the whole island. Physical and sexual abuses also occurred in industrial schools, orphanages, and the “Magdalene laundries run by orders of nuns.   It’s not our intention to dwell on the detail of the investigations, but we feel that it is important to look at the political and social ramifications of the reports.