Bishop to co-operate with garda sexual abuse investigation


Nov. 1, 2019

By Joe Little

The Catholic bishop of Raphoe has offered “every possible co-operation” to a garda investigation he requested following the latest allegations that the diocese concealed widespread child sexual abuse by a priest and a national teacher convicted some 20 years ago.

The move follows Wednesday’s screening of a television documentary which alleged that a victim’s mother in the Co Donegal diocese was told by her parish priest that she would have to leave the area if a scandal broke about abuse by a teacher in a parochial school.

An Garda Síochána have said they would encourage anyone with information on the issues raised in the documentary to report it to them.

The added “It will be dealt with sensitively and professionally, and any victims reporting to us will be provided with support.”

TG4’s programme “Finné”, which will be re-broadcast Friday, interviewed retired Garda Detective Martin Ridge who investigated the crimes of the late Fr Eugene Greene who ministered for some years in Gortahork, Co Donegal and of Denis McGinley, a former primary school teacher in the locality.

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