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Child Protection

We in the parish of St. Anne, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, in the Archdiocese of Dublin, value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development.  We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and young people and are committed to their protection and support.

In keeping with this we will work to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.

The two child protection representatives for St. Anne’s Parish, Portmarnock are Emma O’Rourke 086 1087 306 and Pat Kavanagh 086 881 1417  Click here for the Child Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The Murphy Report

As parishioners may be aware, the Portmarnock Parish Pastoral Council hosted an open forum under the title “Our Church Now” in the Parish Centre on Thursday February 11, 2010. Parishioners were facilitated to articulate their thoughts and feelings in the aftermath of the “Murphy Report”. The majority of those present contributed in an open, dignified, frank and at times, passionate manner. Speakers were listened to by all with deep respect and dignity. The overall tenor of the meeting was that of outrage at the treatment of victims, anger, hurt and concern for the future of the Church (The people of God). A constant theme throughout the night was that of hope and desire that radical changes in the institutional church would follow as a result of the findings of the report. The Parish Pastoral Council has carefully considered the views expressed in the Forum and formulated a response to the Report.

The text of this response, in the form of a letter to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, can be accessed here.

The views expressed at the meeting can be viewed here.