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ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO SENIOR PRIESTS.

LAST WEEK THIS BLOG RECEIVED A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS CONCERNING TWO SENIOR DUBLINB PRIESTS – THE ACTING CHANCELLOR FATHER PAUL COYLE AND THE PARISH PRIEST OF RUSH – FATHER KEVIN BARTLEY.

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FATHER PAUL COYLE

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FATHER KEVIN BARTLEY

I thought that the right and proper thing to do was to refer those complaints to the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.

I did so.

The archbishop replied to say that the complaints came as a surprise to him.

He said he would immediately begin “a formal investigation”.

He made the further point that pending the outcome of the investigation he would be giving the two priests the the presumption of innocence.

The archbishop is perfectly right to approach his formal investigation by giving the men the presumption of innocence.

That is completely in line with natural justice.

I will be asking the archbishop the outcome of his investigation.

Since then I have discovered that Father Kevin Bartley is highly regarded by his fellow priests in Dublin.

On the other hand, Father Paul Coyle is. for whatever reason, not held in high esteem by the same priests.

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