Abuse reports to be published in Derry and Dromore dioceses

The BBC is reporting that two Catholic dioceses in Northern Ireland are preparing to publish major reports into historical child abuse, at the same time as a report is published in Raphoe.

The report into the Diocese of Raphoe has been much anticipated, with next Tuesday now believed to be the most likely publication date.

However, the BBC is reporting that reviews will also be published next week into child welfare in the dioceses of Derry and Dromore. All three reports have been conducted by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

The board is now reviewing every diocese in the country, examining what was done wrong in the past.

The Raphoe, Derry and Dromore reviews could track back as far as 1975, providing details of how these three dioceses have dealt with child abuse since the mid-1970s, and, how they deal with it now.

The Raphoe and Derry reports come shortly after the resignation of Bishop Seamus Hegarty for health reasons. Monsignor Eamon Martin, a former head of St Columb's College in the city has been appointed as   diocesan administrator pending the appointment of a new bishop.