Priest stood down after allegation

A PARISH priest in Co Galway is under investigation following an allegation involving a child in the 1980s.

The priest has been stood down from his duties while the allegation is investigated.

The disclosure that the priest faced an allegation was made by Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary at masses on Saturday evening.

It is understood the allegation refers to when he worked in a different parish.

In a statement posted on the archdiocese’s website, Archbishop Neary said the priest would not be exercising his ministry while a number of investigations were under way.

Neither the priest nor his parish were named in the statement.

“The allegation was reported immediately by the diocese to the gardaí and the HSE and the National Board for Safeguarding Children,” said the statement.

“It is important to say that what has been received is an allegation, which will require to be investigated. In accordance with Church safeguarding policy, Fr X will not be exercising ministry while the investigation is underway.

“Fr X is entitled to the constitutional and natural right of every person to the presumption of innocence.

“My prayers are with all concerned at this distressing time,” said the statement from Archbishop Neary.

He said the diocese continues to work with the civil authorities to promote the safety of children “which is of paramount importance”.


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