Elphin Priest Agrees to Step down after Allegations

Irish Independent
February 5, 2006

Yet another priest has been asked to stand aside from his ministry while allegations against him are investigated.

In a statement, the Bishop of Elphin Dr Christopher Jones confirmed that a priest from his diocese has agreed to step down pending an inquiry.

Dr Jones says it relates to an allegation made against the clergyman about an event which happened in the late 1970s and that his co-operation doesn't connote guilt on his part.

The allegation has been made against Canon Niall Ahern, the parish priest of Ransboro and Strandhill.

He has also issued a statement saying there is no foundation whatsoever to the claims.

Canon Ahern said the Church had been too slow in the past to take action on such matters - the price was the action he is taking now.


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