Diocesan Statement, 17th January 2019

In the week commencing 12 August 2018, a number of news outlets reported allegations that the Diocese of Dromore had withheld documents from the audit carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, carried out in 2010. The Diocese responded to the allegation in a statement issued 11th August which stated that the Diocese gave access “to all available records and the review made reference to those files and acknowledged the work of Bishop McAreavey in the field of safeguarding.”

Following legal representation, The Sunday Times amended the headline of its article as archived on the internet.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/diocese-of-dromore-and-former-safeguarding-board-chief-ian-elliott-clash-over-child-abuse-files-0gz7pzl9f

On 15th January, RTE issued a Clarification which states,

“RTE accepts that there is no evidence of such concealment by the diocese or by its then Bishop, John McAreavey, and is happy to provide this clarification.”

https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0115/1023418-clarification-diocese-of-dromore/