Archbishop ‘distressed’ by Wicklow abuse case

Offers unreserved apology to victim

A “distressed” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has conveyed his sympathies to the victim of a priest convicted of abuse in Co. Wicklow.

Following the seven-year sentence handed down to Fr Denis Nolan on March 21 at Wicklow circuit court, the Dublin archdiocese issued a statement in which Dr Martin offered his “unreserved apology” to Fr Nolan’s victim and his family.

The statement adds that “a complaint of child sexual abuse against Fr Denis Nolan [not related to the March 21 case] was received by the Archdiocese of Dublin in April 2012. Fr Nolan was removed from priestly ministry [and] all information received by the diocese was given to the gardaí and the HSE.

“Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and others involved in Child Safeguarding and Protection in the diocese are distressed by the details of this case. He encourages anyone else who may have information to come forward.”