Bishop Hegarty clarifies position on abuse cover-up claims

The Bishop of Derry says his diocese was not behind the confidentiality agreement in an out of court settlement with a woman who claims she was abused.

Seamus Hegarty was involved in reaching the deal with a woman who alleged she was abused by an unnamed priest between 1979 and 1989.

In a statement this evening, the Bishop says the confidentiality agreement was proposed by one of the other parties involved in the case and in order to reach a settlement, the diocese agreed.

The civil action was settled in 2000 - without admission of liability.

12,000 pounds was paid to the alleged victim - subject to a confidentiality agreement.