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Joint statement of Mary McCloskey, Joseph McCloskey and Dr. Donal Murray, Bishop of Limerick

In an effort to address and explore the issues surrounding the tragic death on the 1st of April of Peter McCloskey, members of his family and Bishop Donal Murray met today, Sunday April 23rd 2006. The following statement was agreed by all parties to the meeting;

  1. Bishop Donal Murray wishes once again to acknowledge that he completely accepts the truth of Peter McCloskeyís experience of clerical child sexual abuse.
  2. The Diocese of Limerick acknowledges that there was a failure on its part to properly inform itself as to Fr Denis Dalyís suitability for ministry in the diocese and the appropriateness of allowing him to minister in the diocese. The Diocese accepts that the information available at that time should have prevented Fr Daly from taking up ministry in Limerick.
  3. Peter was a man of extraordinary honesty, integrity and courage. His commitment to the truth demands that all involved work to fully examine and address the grave issues which have been raised as a result of Peterís tragic death. All involved acknowledge that this will be a challenging and at times uncomfortable process but we affirm our commitment to work together to that end.



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