The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church has made seven recommendations to the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly following a comprehensive review.
The report, which lauds the work of Archbishop Dermot Clifford , and credits him with being on top of his brief, reveals that no new allegations of abuse have been made against personnel from the Archdiocese in recent times.
It does, however, detail the nineteen allegations received against the Archdiocese since January 1975 and crucially states that no priests have been convicted of having committed an offence against children in that time.
A total of 13 priests from the Archdiocese have had allegations made against them and all 19 allegations have been reported to An Garda Siochana - 16 have been reported to the HSE as it had been agreed that priests who had died prior to 1996 not be notified as this was the cut off date for HSE audit.
Archbishop Clifford presides over 46 parishes and a total Catholic population of 82,275. There are currently 82 active Diocesan priests, 5 who are retired, sick on study leave or working in other Doiceses in Ireland or abroad. Also, there are 52 priests, 13 brothers ands 132 sisters from Religious Orders working or living in the Archdiocese.
Archbishop Clifford welcomed the report as being generally very positive and complimentary. ”It is a testament to the commitment and hard work of all those who endeavour to ensure that our practices and procedures are the best we can possibly make them. The hard work must continue so that we can be assured that the children and young adults in our midst are kept safe from harm. Vigilance is essential as the threat of harm does not go away. We must be constantly on our guard and keep the necessary structures to enable those who have any evidence, or suspicions, of wrongdoing to take appropriate action such as informing the Designated Officer, the Gardai or the HSE.”
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