Martin's office gave vital tip-off to help find cleric
Published 03/02/2010 | 05:00
The Child Protection Office of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin gave the crucial tip-off to gardai that led to the arrest three years ago in England of fugitive paedophile priest Fr Patrick Hughes, writes John Cooney.
The tip-off in 2007 ended a 14-year mystery for gardai who had been unable to locate the priest whom they wanted to interview in connection with an abuse allegation made by an altar boy.
While gardai were looking to interrogate Fr Hughes, he was being shielded by the church authorities, it emerged in the Dublin Circuit Court yesterday.
A senior church source last night told the Irish Independent that the breakthrough came in 2007 when Archbishop Martin succeeded Cardinal Connell.
The source added that gardai were accurately tipped off by the Dublin Diocese's Child Protection Office under Mr Phil Garland on where to find Hughes in England.