Comiskey to stay away from diocese

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.

Dr Comiskey resigned in April in the wake of a BBC documentary on sexual abuse carried out by Fr Sean Fortune in his diocese. Since then, he has begun a year-long sabbatical and is studying in Ireland and abroad.

Dr Comiskey will remain in Dublin for the foreseeable future and will not be returning to

Curracloe, a village just six miles from Wexford town, his temporary replacement Eamonn Walsh said at the weekend.

In an interview with South East Radio, Dr Walsh said Dr Comiskey will also remain in Dublin after his sabbatical year. While he is still a priest of the diocese, he will not serve in the area.

Dr Walsh said: “After we purchased the house, the Sacred Heart Community, of whom Bishop Comiskey is a member, very generously offered him accommodation in their own head house. And he has decided now to accept that.

“So the house in Curracloe will no longer be the residence occupied by Bishop Comiskey.”

The move to Dublin takes Dr Comiskey out of his former diocese as a State inquiry into sexual abuse by clergy gets underway.

The inquiry was set up following a preliminary investigation by George Birmingham SC.

It is due to get up and running early in the New Year and could take several months.

The diocese spent €234,000 on the house in Curracloe in Co Wexford for Dr Comiskey in August, as well as partially funding his pension. The house is held in the name of the diocese and was to be available to Dr Comiskey.

It is understood that the Diocese will retain the property and that it could be used as a retirement home for one of its serving clergy.

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