Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today paid tribute to the work that has been achieved by Marie Collins.
He said that few people in Ireland have
made such a consistent contribution to the change in the Church’s
response to child sexual abuse.
Archbishop Martin said: “Despite opposition and resistance, she
remained committed and constructive in what were for her good moments
and bad moments. I have learned above all to see in her a person of
integrity who is not afraid to chart her own course: where things were
wrong she identified them and named them; when she felt uncomfortable
she was never tempted to take the easy path and remain quiet and I am
certain that will be her position in the future.
Victims and survivors owe her an enormous debt, but she was never one
to seek praise or affirmation for herself. I am happy to note her
commitment to continue her contribution to the Church and I thank her
for the contribution she has made to the Archdiocese of Dublin and the
support she has given me personally”.