Priest Cleared of Abuse Claim

By John Cooney
One in Four [Ireland]
July 3, 2006

A Senior parish priest has been cleared of a sexual abuse allegation dating back to the late 1970s.

Canon Niall Ahern, the parish priest of Strandhill, Co Sligo, has been reinstated into the active ministry, it was announced yesterday through the Catholic Communications office in Maynooth by the Bishop of Elphin, Christopher Jones. "No taint or suspicion attaches in any way to the priest," a statement by the diocese said.

"He enjoys the complete confidence of the bishop as he re-affirms him in full and ongoing ministry in the diocese," the statement added.

Bishop Jones, who attended Mass in Strandhill, said that a canonical investigation into the complaint against Canon Ahern had concluded that the allegation was unsubstantiated.


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