April 09, 2003
Statement from Dr Eamon Walsh

This is the statement from Dr Eamon Walsh, read out in court by counsel for Mr O'Gorman:

'The matter has been settled on terms that Bishop Eamon Walsh as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ferns, admits negligence and agrees to pay Colm O'Gorman compensation and costs.

'He acknowledges and sincerely regrets the distress, trauma and hurt caused to Colm O'Gorman by virtue of the acts of sexual abuse perpetrated on him between 1981 and 1983 by the late Fr Sean Fortune.

'He further acknowledges the failure of the Bishop at the time to recognise and act on the threat posed by the late Fr Fortune to Colm O'Gorman. Bishop Walsh wishes to apologise unreservedly to Colm O'Gorman for these failures and for the harm which he suffered in consequence.'

Posted by Deirdre at April 09, 2003 12:21 PM

The sins of the church are are meeting a new confessor, Justice is served at last.

Posted by: Anthony Doyle on April 9, 2003 09:34 PM

Well done Colm.
Those words 'acts of sexual abuse' sound too civilised.
I admire you. Congratulations!

Posted by: philomena on April 10, 2003 12:37 AM
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