Vatican proposals could see North West dioceses merge

The Apostolic Visitation is expected to propose halving the number of dioceses in Ireland in a report being published in Rome today. That could conceivably see Raphoe and Derry merged, creating one diocese encompassing most of Donegal, Derry and part of Tyrone.

The Vatican sent seven visitation teams to Ireland last year, following the release of the Murphy report into clerical child sex abuse.

The Irish bishops are to outline their views on the findings at a press conference in Maynooth this morning.

Michael Kelly, Deputy Editor of the Irish Catholic, is predicting that the report will suggest reducing the infrastructure of the church to reflect current realities...