+ Bishop Colm O'Reilly - Statement, 27th May 2006

I wish to inform you that, in accordance with diocesan child protection procedure, a priest of the Diocese has voluntarily agreed to take administrative leave whilst an investigation takes place concerning a complaint of sexual misconduct. The civil authorities have been notified of the complaint. It is important to stress the fact that what is being investigated is an allegation which has not been established as true or false. The agreement of the priest to stand aside does not connote guilt on his part. The complaint relates to events alleged to have happened a considerable time ago.

I want to assure you that the Diocese is fully committed to the protection of children and I invite anybody in the Diocese who may have concerns in this regard to bring them to my attention.

I ask for God's help for all concerned at this difficult time.

+ Bishop Colm O'Reilly

Archived References  
Bishop Colm's Christmas Message 2010
Statement by Bishop Colm O'Reilly on the Dublin Report
Bishop Colm O'Reilly video interview for Mission Sunday 2009
Message on Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock 2009
Homily by Bishop Colm for Trinity Sunday, on 150 years of SVP in Longford.
Bishop Colm's Pastoral Letter Easter 2009
Bishop Colm's Christmas Message 2008
Bishop's Letter to the Diocese, Easter 2008, 'on the way forward'.
Bishop's Message for the Year of Vocation
Bishop's Homily at Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock, Sept 2007
Message from Bishop Colm on Ferns Report
Message from Bishop Colm on the death of Pope John Paul II
Homily by Bishop Colm at Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul II in St. Mel's Cathedral, 7th April
Statement from the Bishop, 27th May 2006
Homily at Clonmacnois Pattern Day, 2006
Bishop's Christmas Message 2005
Message from Bishop Colm for Vocations Sunday 2005