News archive 2009, Towards Healing

Bishop Bill Murphy sympathises with victim of sexual assault

PRESS RELEASE
17 December 2009

Bishop sympathises with victim of sexual assault

Statement from Bishop of Kerry Bill Murphy

The Bishop of Kerry wishes to disassociate himself and the Diocese from the actions and statements made by Fr. Seán Sheehy in relation to the sentencing of a man convicted of sexual assault.

Fr. Sheehy is retired from an American diocese and is substituting for the Parish Priest of Castlegregory, Fr. Tadhg ó Dochartaigh, who is recuperating from illness.

I wish to offer my sympathy to the victim and to apologise to her on my own behalf and on behalf of the Diocese of Kerry. I pay tribute to her courage. I hope what has happened will not undermine the progress that has been made in bringing perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice.

ENDS

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