Pope Francis confirmed he has accepted the 75-year-old's resignation.
Mon, 30 Sep, 2019
Relatives of four people killed in a car accident while in Ireland for a funeral have said their deaths have united family and friends across the Atlantic.
Sun, 10 Dec, 2017
This month saw the opening of three Educate Together national schools in Dublin, Wexford and Galway; and one second-level school in Kildare.
Tue, 01 Sep, 2015
A South American religious order, the Institute of the Incarnate Word, whose priests had been working in a rural parish in Co Wexford, has been suspended by Bishop Denis Brennan.
Sat, 04 Aug, 2012
A PRIEST in the Diocese of Ferns has launched a stinging attack accusing the “wives and mothers of Ireland” of failing to deal with the abuse of their children by other family members.
Sat, 17 Sep, 2011
WE’RE angry in Ireland right now about so many things. At this precise moment, it is the Catholic Church which is getting the full force of our rage.
Thu, 21 Jul, 2011
IT seems the clergy, for all the fantastic work they have done for education in this country, are incapable of learning.
Wed, 03 Mar, 2010
CHILD abuse claims have cost the Diocese of Ferns more than €8 million, the bishop of the diocese, Dr Denis Brennan, has confirmed.
Tue, 24 Feb, 2009
The Diocese of Ferns is reportedly facing a cash crisis as a result of sexual abuse compensation claims.
Fri, 16 Mar, 2007
TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern has welcomed Pope Benedict’s comments on child sex abuse by priests in the Diocese of Ferns despite the reservations of child protection campaigners about the timing and content of the Vatican’s response.
Sat, 28 Oct, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI today revealed his horror at the behaviour of more than 20 priests who sexually abused children in the Diocese of Ferns.
Thu, 26 Oct, 2006
A former priest in the Diocese of Ferns today made his first appearance in court to face 35 counts of indecent assault.
Mon, 04 Sep, 2006
A DIOCESE that was at the centre of a clerical child sex abuse scandal was yesterday celebrating the appointment of its new bishop.
Mon, 24 Apr, 2006
POPE Benedict XVI has appointed Fr Denis Brennan as the new Bishop of Ferns, a diocese which has been rocked by sex scandals.
Thu, 02 Mar, 2006
ARCHBISHOP of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has described claims that he’s going to Rome to take up a senior position in the Curia as “a pure invention”.
Sat, 25 Feb, 2006
CHURCH assets will be sold if necessary to meet the costs of compensating victims of clerical sex abuse, the Auxiliary Bishop of Ferns Eamonn Walsh has confirmed.
Fri, 02 Dec, 2005
Thu, 01 Dec, 2005
STATE inquires into sexual abuse of children by priests in the Ferns Diocese has cost the State a total of €2.4 million to date.
Wed, 30 Nov, 2005
A VICTIM of clerical abuse centrally involved in pushing for a State investigation into Dublin archdiocese last night welcomed the publication of the inquiry’s terms of reference.
Wed, 09 Nov, 2005
AT LEAST €9 million has been paid out to victims of clerical sex abuse, latest figures from Catholic dioceses show.
Sat, 29 Oct, 2005
THE Ferns Inquiry identified more than 100 allegations of abuse by 21 priests over a 40-year period beginning in 1962.
Wed, 26 Oct, 2005
HORROR, hurt, incomprehension. And that was just how the bishop felt.
ANYONE who fails to act when they believe children are at risk of sexual abuse will face criminal prosecution under laws to be introduced by the Government.
The Catholic Church is ashamed of its failures to protect children, All-Ireland Primate Sean Brady said tonight.
Tue, 25 Oct, 2005
SPECULATION about the content of the imminent report into clerical sexual abuse in Wexford is not just inaccurate, it is also unhelpful, according to one of the support groups for victims involved in the probe.
Mon, 17 Oct, 2005
The Diocese of Ferns has reportedly reached a €200,000 settlement with a man who was sexually abused while a student priest in Wexford town.
Thu, 21 Jul, 2005
THE Irish Conference of Priests has welcomed the dismissal by the Pope of two members of the clergy convicted of sexual abuse.
Fri, 17 Dec, 2004
KEY witnesses in an inquiry into clerical sexual abuse in Wexford says the bishop who managed the diocese at the time should not be made a scapegoat in the ongoing State probe.
Mon, 05 Jul, 2004
SERIOUS questions remain unanswered now the Catholic Church has settled a legal action with an alleged victim of clerical sexual abuse in a Wexford diocese plagued by allegations, a victims’ group says.
Thu, 01 Apr, 2004
LATEST financial accounts from a diocese at the centre of an investigation into clerical sexual abuse show contributions and other incomes have increased significantly over the past year.
Wed, 05 Nov, 2003
A HOUSE bought by the Diocese of Ferns for former Bishop Brendan Comiskey has been sold.
Tue, 28 Oct, 2003
A Catholic priest at the centre of a major sex abuse compensation payout in Ireland has fled to Brazil, it was claimed tonight.
Wed, 27 Aug, 2003
IT was to be a palace fit for a former bishop, but now Bracken Lodge, just outside Wexford town, is on the market and the Diocese of Ferns stands to make a €30,000 profit on its sale.
Tue, 26 Aug, 2003
TWO brothers who alleged that a priest sexually abused them when they were altar boys are taking a civil action against him and possibly the Diocese of Ferns.
Thu, 21 Aug, 2003
A DIOCESE which is the focus of a State inquiry into clerical sexual abuse has refused to say if a priest cleared by a garda and diocesan investigation will be reinstated.
Wed, 20 Aug, 2003
CLERICAL sex abuse victims were angered by weekend claims that a diocese rocked by scandals has dealt with cases “expeditiously and well.”
Mon, 30 Jun, 2003
Priests and church volunteers in the Diocese of Ferns are being told to avoid contact with children while not in public view.
Thu, 26 Jun, 2003
FRESH complaints of child sex abuse have emerged against a now deceased Catholic priest of the Diocese of Ferns.
Tue, 15 Apr, 2003
SURVIVORS of institutional abuse last night attacked the Government and religious groups for setting out ‘paltry’ compensation levels for those who suffered in care throughout their childhood and teenage years.
Fri, 11 Apr, 2003
CLERICAL sexual abuse victim Colm O’Gorman was finally vindicated yesterday.
Thu, 10 Apr, 2003
Five years after initiating a High Court action against the Diocese of Ferns, and 30 years after suffering sexual abuse at the hands of a priest, Colm O’Gorman yesterday received justice.
A prominent sex abuse campaigner broke down in tears today after the Irish Catholic Church gave an unreserved apology for his rape during the 1980s.
Wed, 09 Apr, 2003
HEALTH Minister Micheál Martin will have the power to compel witnesses to give sworn testimony at an inquiry into clerical sexual abuse in the Diocese of Ferns.
Fri, 28 Mar, 2003
TWO men who were sexually abused as children by one of the country’s most notorious paedophile priests have received out of court settlements within the past two years, the Diocese of Ferns has confirmed.
Tue, 25 Feb, 2003
FORMER Bishop Brendan Comiskey will not be returning to the €234,000 bungalow which the Diocese of Ferns bought for him just four months ago.
Mon, 16 Dec, 2002
THE Diocese of Ferns has paid 234,000 euro for a retirement home for Bishop Brendan Comiskey.
Sat, 17 Aug, 2002
Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ferns, Bishop Eamon Walsh, said last night he believed the Catholic Church should apologise for the sexual abuse of children carried out by Father Sean Fortune and other catholic priests.
Sun, 09 Jun, 2002
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