I did not know the Irish Priests were so guilty of child abuse. Is it more than in the U.S.?
No, the problem is that Ireland is a small country without a lot of very populous dioceses, but some of the bishops blatantly covered up for the molesters by doing things such as forcing the boys who were victims to make a vow of silence - and now all of Ireland knows about it.
In most cases, as usual, this was actually not a situation of pedophiles attacking prepubescent children, but gay men going after early adolescents. This still cannot be discussed in Ireland (or in the US), and I think Benedict’s program for missions is a great idea and will force some of the Irish bishops to either acknowledge their complicity or grow a spine and clean up their dioceses.
Frankly, I think the Pope is going to have to replace aout 99.9% of the Irish bishops to get any change. The remaining .1% (who is he?) might be the successor to St. Patrick...