More abuse allegations made against deceased Kerry priest

The Diocese of Kerry has received more allegations of abuse against a priest who was a diocesan inspector in the 1950s and 1960s.

As diocesan inspector, the late Fr Patrick McAuliffe had access to every Catholic primary school in the diocese.

In 2013, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland  undertook a review of safeguarding practices in the diocese.

It found 25 allegations had been made against the deceased priest.

The Diocese of Kerry says since the audit by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church was completed at the end of 2013, four more allegations of abuse have been made against the late Fr Patrick McAuliffe.

The diocesan inspector’s alleged abuse was perpetrated in primary schools in the 1950s and 1960s.

The diocese says all allegations have been dealt with in accordance with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and all cases have been reported to the civil authorities.

The Diocese of Kerry says it’s anxious that anyone who’s suffered abuse by a priest or another involved with the church should not carry their pain in silence.

It says it supports people who’ve been abused and urges those affected to contacted the diocese’s designated person for safeguarding, Jim Sheehy, at 0876362780.

The diocese says if you’ve a concern regarding the safety of a child or a young person, to contact the gardaí, Tusla, the child and family agency and its own designated person for safeguarding children.

The Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre may also be contacted at 1800 63 33 33.