Bishop of Kilmore: Priest asked to stand aside

Bishop of Kilmore: Priest asked to stand aside
Bishop of Kilmore Leo O'Reilly

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.

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