Raphoe report 'to reveal abuse of hundreds of children in Donegal'

A new report is expected to reveal how 20 priests abused hundreds of children in a Co Donegal diocese over 40 years.

The report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, into abuse in Raphoe, will be published later this month.

The contents of this report follow an audit of the diocese of Raphoe by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic church.

The report is expected to highlight hundreds of cases of abuse by 20 priests based in the diocese over a 40-year period, according to today's irish Independent.

The report will also severely criticise the Church for a continued cover-up.

It is reported to have found that the Church was "uncooperative, obstructive and misleading when gardaí became involved in a number of investigations".

This report follows the recent publication of the Cloyne report, which shed further light on the Church mishandling and cover-up of clerical sex abuse.

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