The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse has found that abuse of children at the hands of members of the Catholic Church was 'endemic' in Ireland from the 1940s to the 1980s, that there were thousands of incidents reported, and criticised the Department of Education for its handling of said complaints.
The report calls for a memorial to be built and inscribed with the words of Bertie Ahern, who apologised in 1999 to victims of the abuse. Bertie Ahern, the former Taoiseach, who spent almost eleven years at the head of the Irish Government, at the helm of all governmental departments. Education included.
The report reveals that the Christian Brothers Order - the most culpable though far from the only responsible religious body - was defensive when confronted with complaints, though they have now issued an apology, saying, "we are deeply sorry for the hurt caused. We are ashamed and saddened that many who complained of abuse were not listened to."
So that's alright then.
All of this is reported on RTE, who make no mention of the fact that, because the Christian Brothers sued in 1994 to keep the identities of all its guilty members from being mentioned in the report, the victims of this abuse will not be able to bring the perpetrators to court.
RTE does not give a voice to those who attended this afternoon's press conference and protested at the fact that there will not be any prosecutions as a result of these findings.
Instead they print a series of apologies, empty admissions of shame and guilt, apologies given safe in the knowledge that no single member of the clergy will do time for these disgusting acts of terror.
Instead we get a plaque with the words of Drumcondra's most famous flesh-presser making everything alright.
As for Brian Cowen, who may or may not have had a word in the ear of the Irish broadcaster, well, he's said that the failures of the State have to be anknowledged and lessons learned. We haven't heard that one before.