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Parish priest in south Dublin `steps aside' over historical allegations involving child safeguarding

The diocese released a brief statement confirming an investigation by the church and state authorities is underway

A PARISH priest in south Dublin has "stood aside" over historical allegations involving child safeguarding.

The diocese released a brief statement confirming an investigation by the church and state authorities is underway.

"In line with Church policy on safeguarding children, a parish priest of Dublin has voluntarily stood aside from his position because of concerns brought to the diocese and reported to the gardai," it read.

"The information received relates to several decades ago and is not connected to the parish.

"Standing aside does not imply the truth or falsehood of what is being investigated. It allows an appropriate investigation by relevant Church and State authorities to take place.

"Anyone who, at any time, may have concerns or information regarding the safety of children should contact the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service of the Diocese on 003531 8360314.

As the matter remains the subject of investigation by state and church authorities, the archdiocese will not be confirming the identity of the priest or the parish where he served.

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