Former Bishop of Derry ‘profoundly ashamed’ of report findings

Retired Bishop of Derry, Bishop Edward Daly has this evening released a statement  following the publication of the National Board for Safeguarding Children’s Review of Child Safeguarding in the Diocese of Derry

He says: I welcome today's report.  I welcome the fact that the diocese has decided to  publish the full unedited text of the report.  I am pleased that the current handling and management of these cases in the Derry Diocese has been deemed to be satisfactory by the National Board.

I am profoundly ashamed that children have been so gravely offended against by priests of the diocese. I have met a number of victims over the years and sincerely apologised to them.  I greatly regret any failings or shortcomings that I may have had in dealing with these matters whilst I was in office.

The management of these cases and the care of victims have evolved substantially and positively in recent years.  I am satisfied that the Catholic Church's handling of these cases in this diocese has greatly improved and the safety of children will continue to be of paramount concern.

Bishop Daly saiud he would be making no futher comment