October 28, 2005

Rape probe priest steps aside

Irish Independent

THE priest under Garda investigation for allegedly raping a woman has been suspended from duties.

The Bishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, asked him to step aside after the Irish Independent revealed yesterday that he was continuing to serve in the same diocese as the alleged victim.

An unapologetic Bishop Neary said he made the decision to protect the reputation of other priests in the diocese who would otherwise be "under the shadow of suspicion".

Posted by kshaw at October 28, 2005 07:38 AM