October 29, 2005

Tuam: Investigation launched into alleged clerical rape


28/10/2005 - 07:32:34

A garda investigation has been launched in the diocese of Tuam following allegations that a priest raped a pregnant woman there during the 1970s.

The case centres on allegations of abuse made by a woman who is now in her forties. She claims the priest raped her on two separate occasions when she approached him for advice after becoming pregnant.

She further alleges that the priest subsequently paid her €10,000 and offered her a further €5,000.

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has asked the priest to stand aside from his duties following coverage of the alleged rape in yesterday’s newspapers.

Posted by kshaw at October 29, 2005 06:39 PM