The following statement has been issued by the Diocese of Cloyne

22 Mar 2013

A number of complaints of sexual abuse of minors against a priest of the Diocese of Cloyne have been upheld by a canonical penal trial. The priest has been dismissed from the clerical state.

An official representative of the Diocese today made personal contact with those complainants who took part in the canonical trial to inform them of the verdict. The Diocese will continue to offer counselling and pastoral support to all who have been abused, and wishes to expresses deep regret at the suffering that has been caused.