Ireland - Release Chapter 20 of the Murphy Report.
  • Petitioned Minister Alan Shatter, TD

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Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland
Minister Alan Shatter, TD
Ireland (Prime Minister)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD

Ireland - Release Chapter 20 of the Murphy Report.

    1. James Moran
    2. Petition by

      James Moran

      Nantwich, United Kingdom

UPDATE -  I HIT MY 1,000 SIGNATURE TARGET! MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE OF YOU FOR SIGNING!.... I am leaving the petition running, so every additional signature would be VERY welcome. All you need is an email address, and international signatures are needed too. Please sign and share.

Chapter 20 is the last remaining, censored chapter in Judge Yvonne Murphy's report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations by the Catholic Church and State. 

Chapter 20 has remained censored on foot of a High Court direction that its full publication could damage the trial of a defrocked priest charged with the sexual assault of children in the 1970s and 80s.

Former priest Patrick McCabe was sentenced in March 2013 by the Circuit Criminal Court. As a result of his trial, there is now no further need for the blanked-out chapter to remain secret.

My name is James Moran, and I am one of the survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of McCabe. I made a statement to Archbishops House in 1977. I made a statement to the Gardai (Irish Police) in 1987. Both statements were about my sexual abuse by Priests. My statements surfaced in 2003.

The Murphy Report will reveal the truth about why my statements lay undiscovered for several decades. During these years Patrick McCabe was allowed to travel abroad undetected and unmonitored.

I, and the other victims of Patrick McCabe have a right to know what is contained within Chapter 20, in order to put that part of our life’s jigsaw together. The victim’s lives are now in the public domain through the Murphy Report and we have a right, by association, to know the truths contained within.

37 Years is a lifetime of waiting. Enough is enough.


For more information about my 37 year wait:

To see the Murphy Report, with the censored chapter 20:

Click here

Minister Alan Shatter, TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, Ireland (Prime Minister)
Release Chapter 20 of the Murphy Report.

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Recent signatures


    1. 1,000 Signatures - THANK YOU !

      James Moran
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, we reached our goal of 1,000 signatures to the petition. Thank you to everyone who took time from their day to help. It's difficult to express gratitude except to say thank you and sometimes it's difficult to accept a thank you because we may feel it's undeserved. Looking through the list of people that have given me their support, there are of course names I recognise, past and present. There are also hundreds of people I have never met.

      It is quite overwhelming to see such real unconditional goodness in people. There are only a handful of us involved in chapter 20 but that has not been the issue for the hundreds of people from all over the world who have signed. Everyone has seen the principle at stake. The only gain is transparency and the wish of so many, including myself to determine what happened after I made my statements to the authorities 37 years ago.

      It is with heartfelt gratitude that I offer a huge 'THANK YOU' !!!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. 100 to go!

      James Moran
      Petition Organizer

      In Mid-April I sent an email to the Alan Shatter, Minister for Justice in Ireland, requesting an earlier hearing date for the release of chapter 20 of the Murphy Report. I received an email by return, acknowledging receipt, but nothing else.

      My petition for the release of chapter 20 is now at a crucial point - I now require just over 100 signatures to reach my target of 1,000. Those who have taken the time to sign include many friends, family and fellow survivors. I can not thank you enough. Given the lack of response from the Minister for Justice - I may now need the petition more than ever. If you can think of anyone you know who may want to sign it, please spread the word!

      Thank you again to each and every one of you that have supported me in any way. If you can do anything at all to help me get to my target of 1,000 signatures - Please do!

    4. 750th Signature over the weekend! Thank you all.

      James Moran
      Petition Organizer

      I started this petition just over 3 weeks ago. On Saturday, I hit the 750 signature mark. I find this unbelievable, that so many people would take time to support me. Thank you all.

      I am just in the process of deciding what to do when I reach my target of 1,000 signatures. To keep the pressure on the Irish government to release the final chapter of the Murphy Report without delay, I am thinking of travelling to Dublin to hand over the petition in person.

      You may see an email from me over the next few hours, just asking you to share details of my petition by any means possible - Facebook, Twitter, Email or word of mouth. Anything you could do would really be appreciated. I feel like I am very close to my target now.... Just a final push!

      Thank you ALL again for your signatures, help and kind words.


    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. 500 Signatures in 2 Weeks!

      James Moran
      Petition Organizer

      Many thanks to everybody who has signed my petition so far. Your support is amazing. THANK YOU ALL !!!

      I will be updating my blog with some responses I have had from letters and emails regarding the release of Chapter 20. Take a look!

    7. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      I hate cover ups and the damage abuse causes down the generations.

    • Maria Magdalena O'Sullivan BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Truth should be known about the ways in which the church shielded and manipulated perpetrators and the government

    • Maggie Dunlop BELFAST, IRELAND
      • about 1 year ago

      This important issue needs to be addressed now.

    • Margaret Stynes CARLOW, IRELAND
      • about 1 year ago

      Dont let abusers hide !!

    • Pat Kavanagh KILDARE, IRELAND
      • about 1 year ago

      I feel survivors of clerical abuse have the right to know what is contained within Chapter 20. This has goneon way too long.


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