Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora

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Clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora have been implicated in various sexual abuse scandal. The investigations into two bishops concerned allegations not connected with their service in the diocese. In both cases they were cleared with no case to answer. A report published in 2007 made adverse findings against a number of members of a religious order based in the diocese.

Allegations against Bishop Casey[edit]

Eamon Casey was investigated in connection with 13 allegations of sexual abuse reported in November 2005 by a woman, a native of Limerick but living in the UK, concerning incidents that allegedly took place more than 30 years earlier. A Garda Síochána inquiry ensued. On 5 February 2006, Bishop Casey returned to Ireland and resided in Shanaglish, a village near Gort County Galway. In August 2006 the Director of Public Prosecutions decided that Casey had no case to answer.[1][2]

Allegations against Bishop Drennan[edit]

Bishop Martin Drennan was cited in the Murphy Report. The investigation found that he had handled sexual abuse allegations correctly while serving as an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese of Dublin.[3]

McCoy Report[edit]

The McCoy Report into the Galway diocese began in 1999. The results were published in December 2007. It found that eleven brothers and seven other non clerical staff members were alleged to have abused 21 intellectually disabled children in residential care during the period 1965–1998. By 2007, two members of staff were convicted of abuse, eight had died and the rest had retired. It emerged that the Order[which?] had attempted to transfer at least one accused brother to another place.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Bishop Casey cleared of sex abuse charges". 29 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Casey cleared of sex claim by gardaí". Irish Independent. 30 August 2006. 
  3. ^ "Pressure on bishops to resign". Irish Times. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2009. Pressure on the five bishops who still hold office and whose handling of clerical child sex abuse was addressed by the Dublin diocesan report increased ... [dead link]
  4. ^ "'Vulnerable people' let down, says Minister". The Irish Times. 2007-12-12. p. 6. Archived from the original on November 12, 2010. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  5. ^ Irish Times 4 January 2010, p.13.