Statement of Retired Bishop of Derry, Bishop Edward Daly

01 Dec 2011

Statement of Retired Bishop of Derry, Bishop Edward Daly (1974 – 93), following publication of the National Board for Safeguarding Children’s Review of Child Safeguarding in the Diocese of Derry

I welcome today’s report.  I welcome the fact that the diocese has decided to  publish the full unedited text of the report.  I am pleased that the current handling and management of these cases in the Derry Diocese has been deemed to be satisfactory by the National Board.

I am profoundly ashamed that children have been so gravely offended against by priests of the diocese. I have met a number of victims over the years and sincerely apologised to them.  I greatly regret any failings or shortcomings that I may have had in dealing with these matters whilst I was in office.

The management of these cases and the care of victims have evolved substantially and positively in recent years.  I am satisfied that the Catholic Church’s handling of these cases in this diocese has greatly improved and the safety of children will continue to be of paramount concern.

Notes for Editors:

  • Bishop Daly has been out of office for 18 years.
  • He does not propose to offer any further comment or give any interviews to the media on the Report.