Statement by Monsignor Eamon Martin, Diocesan Administrator, Diocese of Derry, regarding Father Eugene Boland
After a public trial, before a Judge and a Jury, Father Eugene Boland, a priest of the Diocese of Derry, has been acquitted of all charges made against him. Fr. Boland has always denied these charges and, at the start of the investigation, the Diocese of Derry emphasised his entitlement to a presumption of innocence.
Fr. Boland’s acquittal understandably brings great relief to many people. In different ways the whole process has been very difficult for everyone involved. Through its pastoral and other support systems, the diocese seeks to reach out to anyone who has been affected by this case.
Following today’s judgement, the normal review under the Church’s safeguarding policy and procedures and the Church’s own internal process can resume. As Diocesan Administrator, I undertake to ensure that these proceed as quickly as possible.
Notes to Editors
Monsignor Eamon Martin is Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Derry, following the retirement of the Diocesan Bishop in November 2011.
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