Child Abuse Audit To Be Published

A report detailing the child-protection policies and protocols in every Catholic diocese in the State will be published later today.

Minister for Children Barry Andrews will publish the report, compiled by the Health Service Executive (HSE), at a press conference in Dublin this afternoon.

The audit is understood to have raised concerns about the adequacy of child-protection in a number of dioceses, particularly in Cloyne.

Walking in protest against the refusal of Cloyne's Bishop, Father Michael Mernagh has this morning completed his nine-day hike of atonement from Cork to Dublin.

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin embraced the Fr Menagh on completion of the epic amble today, which the 70 year-old priest undertook as a call for the resignation of the Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee.

Calls for the bishop's resignation were sparked after it emerged the Catholic Church's own abuse investigation in the area had revealed serious flaws in the Cloyne diocese's handling of allegations of clerical sex abuse.


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