October 29, 2005

Prelate link to Garda probe on abuse of girl (15)

Irish Independent

BISHOP Brendan Comiskey has been directly linked to a garda investigation in the child abuse scandal in Ferns.

A Co Wexford woman complained to gardai in February 2003 that the former Bishop of Ferns sexually interfered with her when she was a teenager.

But the Garda investigation of her complaint ran aground six months later, causing her mother to lodge a complaint with the Garda Complaints Board.

The girl is now a woman in her early 30s. She was advised to contact gardai by the senior counsel, George Birmingham, when he interviewed her for his preliminary Ferns Inquiry.

The complaint was lodged with the Garda Complaints Board by the girl's mother after a garda from the Sexual Assault Unit in Dublin travelled to County Wexford to take a full statement from the girl about the alleged incident.

Posted by kshaw at October 29, 2005 09:47 AM