“No cover-up in Raphoe” – Bishop Boyce

The Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce has denied there is any cover up of abuse in the diocese.

In an RTE interview, Sean O’Conaill of Voice of the Faithful Ireland discussed the Irish Bishops' acknowledgement of a “a widespread culture of covering abuse”, and in the course of that discussion, he expressed ongoing concerns about some dioceses, particularly the Diocese of Raphoe.

Bishop Boyce says the proposition that such concerns exist about the Diocese of Raphoe is unfounded, stressing that accountable and robust procedures are in place to safeguard children.

However, Mr O'Conaill has told Highland Radio News that he was not referring to the present day when he made the comment, but to the period between 1982 and 1994, during which Bishop Seamus Hegarty was Bishop of Raphoe.