Casey cleared of sex claim by gardai
FORMER Bishop Of Galway, Dr Eamonn Casey, declined to comment last night on the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions not to proceed with the case arising from allegations made against him by a middleaged woman.
The Catholic Communications Office confirmed yesterday that the DPP would not be taking the allegations any further.
A spokesperson for the office pointed out that the Church would now undertake its own examination of the matter before making a decision about re-admitting Bishop Casey to public ministry.
Because of the complaint made against him by the Limerick-born woman - believed to date back more than 20 years - Dr Casey (78) has been unable to exercise his ministry in public. He arrived back in Ireland last February and has been living in retirement in the south Galway townland of Shanaglish. He had spent his recent years working as a chaplain in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in the UK.
He had taken up the position there following six years of missionary work in Ecuador, where he went following his sudden departure from the diocese of Galway in 1992 when news of his relationship with US woman Annie Murphy and their son Peter broke.
Speaking briefly outside his home in Shanaglish yesterday, Dr Casey said he was not giving any interviews and would be making no comment. It is understood that the woman who made the allegations against him, had made similar unsubstantiated complaints against a number of other people in the past. The controversial churchman is believed to have been deeply offended by the allegations.