Archdiocese financially helping many of report's abusive priests


Of the 46 priests investigated, some remain within their orders under strict conditions, some have left Ireland and others have disappeared

OF THE 46 priests investigated by the commission, some are awaiting trial, others are members of the laity and at least one has absconded. The commissions report shows that:

Fourteen are dead; Twenty of the priests are out of ministry; 11 of these are financially supported by the archdiocese and living under restrictions; Nine are laicised; Four are living within their religious orders under restrictions; Two are living within their orders without restrictions; One priest belongs to a UK diocese and his whereabouts are unknown.

Fr X*

Now laicised, he is based in California. He is subject to at least 21 complaints regarding child sex abuse in Ireland. Most refer to when he served as a priest in the Pro-Cathedral during the 1970s and Clogher Road parish in Crumlin in the early 1980s.

He had spent much of the intervening period in the US, attending therapeutic courses and occasionally ministering in New Mexico, Santa Rosa or Sacramento. Following growing concern over his abusive tendencies, he was laicised in 1988. He has returned to Ireland for visits on a number of occasions, the most recent of which was in 1998.

Fr Edmondus*

Now 78 years old, he remains a priest but is prohibited from exercising ministry and is not allowed to wear clerical garb. He lives in Dublin.

He committed a number of sexual assaults on young patients while chaplain to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children between the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also assaulted a nine year old while based in Wicklow.

Fr Ivan Payne

He has been laicised and is understood to live outside Ireland, possibly in the UK. A convicted serial child sex abuser, the commission is aware of a total of 31 people who have made allegations of sexual abuse against him. He was convicted of indecent assault in respect of 10 victims and has served a prison sentence. After his release from prison, he moved to the UK in 2003.

Fr Patrick Maguire

He remains a member of the Society of St Columban and lives in secure accommodation under strict conditions. He is not allowed to leave the house unaccompanied or speak to anyone under the age of 20.

A serial child sex abuser, he admitted at one point that he abused about 100 victims over a period of 20 years. He has served prison sentences in the UK and Ireland for abuse. He was suspended from the clerical state in 2000.

Fr Ionannes*

Now 81 years of age, he has pleaded guilty to a number of charges of sexual assault and is awaiting sentencing. He has not been in ministry since 1993.

The commission is aware of three complaints of child sexual abuse and one of physical abuse between the 1960s and 1980s. He has admitted to sexually abusing three others, but it is likely there are more victims.

Fr Harry Moore

He was convicted of two counts of buggery and indecent assault while a curate in the Bayside area of Dublin. He received a 10-year suspended sentence - on the grounds of poor health, old age and on condition that he continues to attend the Granada Institute. He has retired as a priest and has agreed not to “exercise any public sacramental ministry within churches and oratories”.

Fr John Kinsella

He disappeared on release from prison in 2001 after serving just over two years in prison for sexual assault. He did not contact his own bishop and his diocese in the UK said they had no address for him. He is on the sex offenders’ register in Ireland.

Fr William Carney

One of the most serious sexual abusers, he left Ireland in the 1990s and was known to be living in Scotland. His current whereabouts are unknown. He was suspended from ministry in the early 1990s and was laicised in 1992.

He worked as a taxi driver for a time in Ireland and, by coincidence, one of his alleged victims inadvertently got into his cab.

Fr Thomas Naughton

Today, he lives under the strict supervision of the Kiltegan Fathers in the Dublin archdiocese. More than 20 named people have made complaints against him and number of civil claims have been settled with complainants.

Fr Francis McCarthy

Now laicised, he received a suspended sentence in 1997 for sexually assaulting a young boy from an orphanage and another from Dunlavin. After his sentence, he sought permission to resume saying Mass. After a number of administrative jobs with the archdiocese, he became laicised in 2004.

* Pseudonyms used by the commission of investigation for legal reasons