Priest stands aside from duties for diocesan investigation

A priest in the diocese of Waterford and Lismore has acceded to a request to stand aside while an alleged historical child protection matter is examinied.

A diocesan administrator informed parishioners of the matter at masses over the weekend.

A statement was issued by Fr. Liam Power, Communications Officer for the diocese on Monday.

“The Diocese has received information regarding an alleged historical child protection matter involving a priest of the diocese. In accordance with church protocol he has been requested to stand aside, while this matter is enquired into. He has acceded to the request.

“This does not imply that what is being dealt with is either true or false, and the presumption of innocence applies. The leave from ministry is a precautionary measure. The statutory authorities have been notified of the information”.

Contact details for the Diocesan Safeguarding Service are available at all times at the back of the Church and can be accessed on the Diocesan website:




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