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'Historical' child-safety complaint against priest who quit senior roles is upheld

Monsignor Aidan Hamill
Marie Louise McConville

A CATHOLIC priest who resigned from senior roles in the Dromore Diocese following a child safeguarding investigation into a "historical complaint", will now "carry out some chaplaincy services" and will assist with administration, it has been confirmed.

Monsignor Aidan Hamill stepped down as parish priest of St Peter’s and St Paul’s, Lurgan, and as vicar general in the Diocese of Dromore, last month.

A Dromore diocese spokesman said the complaint was "upheld", but they were unable to give further details.

Last night, Bishop John McAreavey announced a number of personnel changes in the diocese.

Mgr Hamill was listed among the changes. A statement said he would "carry out some chaplaincy services in the diocese and will assist with diocesan administration", the details of which are "still under consideration".

There were also a number of other changes.

Canon Liam Stevenson, parish priest of Seapatrick (Banbridge) is to be PP of St Peter’s and St Paul’s in Lurgan and will also become Vicar General of the diocese.

Canon Jarlath Cushenan, parish priest of Clonduff, is to retire while Rev Charles Byrne, PP of Burren, Mayobridge and Drumgath is to be PP of Clonduff and Drumgath.

Andrew McMahon, Administrator of St Peter’s and St Paul’s, Lurgan to be PP, Seapatrick (Banbridge).

Rev Desmond Loughran, who is currently on sick leave, is to be PP of Dromore while Rev Desmond Mooney, curate in Moyraverty and Seagoe, is to be PP of Burren and Mayobridge;

Rev Vincent McKay, from the Holy Ghost congregation, will assist in the parishes of the Seapatrick pastoral area while Fr Mario Jachym (Society of Christ), Administrator of Saval, is to assist in Newry parish. The priests of Newry parish will celebrate a Mass in Saval each weekend.

The changes will come into effect on Friday, January 5, 2018.

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