Yesterday, the government published the Murphy report, the results of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children in the Dublin diocese, and how complaints were handled.

This is not the first such report. The Ferns Inquiry was published in 2005. Earlier this year Ryan looked at institutional child abuse.

So after the initial rage subsides, what is being done for the victims?

Not much, it seems.

Back in May, the government promised legislation to amend the sweetheart deal which meant the State bore the brunt of the costs resulting from institutional abuse.

Last Thursday, six months to the day since the publication of the Ryan report, Alan Shatter asked for an update on those plans.

‘The matter has not been considered by the Government,’ the Tanaiste answered.

And that was that. The deputies went on to squabble about Thierry Henry’s handball, bankers salaries, and this sparkling exchange:

Ceann Comhairle: The Deputy has had a good innings and I must move on.
Micheál Martin: A very good innings.
Michael Ring: Deputy Martin is on good form this morning. It is great to see him here.
Micheál Martin: I had the porridge this morning.
James Reilly: Were there raisins in it?

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.