The Bishop of Kilmore has confirmed that a priest in the diocese has been asked to stand aside from ministry.
It had been reported that the priest - who is at the centre of abuse allegations - has refused to leave the parochial house, despite being ordered to find new accommodation.
Bishop Leo O'Reilly said he became aware of a complaint against the priest in September and immediately informed the authorities. He said he spoke to the priest who immediately agreed to stand aside.
In a statement today, Bishop O'Reilly said the allegations are the subject of criminal and legal proceedings and he can only comment in a very general way.
The controversy has divided the local community - with some members of the church withdrawing from duties while he remains in the parochial house.