November 30, 2005

Casey's accuser made similar unproven claims against others

Irish Times

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent

The child abuse allegation, which has led to former Bishop of Galway Dr Eamon Casey standing aside from active ministry in an English parish, was made by a woman now living in the UK who has made similar unproven allegations against others in the past.

It is also understood she has endured bouts of ill-health over recent years.

The middle-aged woman, who is believed to have known Dr Casey most of her life, made the allegation for the first time last week concerning an incident she claimed took place over three decades ago in Ireland.

Her allegation was conveyed to a person in the south of Ireland who had been designated to deal with such claims. The child protection office in the southern English Catholic diocese of Arundel and Brighton, where Dr Casey has been serving as a curate, was contacted immediately and Dr Casey was informed.

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 08:07 PM