March 20th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

'Ashamed to be Irish': Abuse angers nation

Ireland, one of the most Catholic countries in the world, has been left reeling by revelations of widespread child abuse by priests, nuns and officials in church-run institutions. From the streets of the capital Dublin to small towns such as Rathdrum, there is anger at church officials, up to and including the pope.

"They should definitely offer something to all those people who were affected, counseling or something, but it's not what I expect, no," said Moira O'Hara, 59, of Rathdrum, County Wicklow (above). "I'm so thoroughly disgusted with everything that has come out. I sort of feel ashamed to be Irish."

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