Monday 20 November 2017

Woman apologises to priest over false allegations

Tim Healy

A WOMAN has apologised in the High Court to a priest she falsely accused of abusing her.

Eileen Culloty, who lives beside the presbytery in Currow, Killarney, Co Kerry, wrote a letter to the Bishop of Kerry in which she made a series of untrue allegations against Fr Liam O'Brien and which she later repeated to the gardai, HSE and Personal Injury Advisory Board.


She also disrupted a funeral mass the priest was officiating at.


Today, she apologised in a letter read out in court and undertook never to repeat the false allegations.


Robert Dore, solicitor for Fr O'Brien, currently based in Killorglin, Kerry, said the priest has agreed not to further pursue his action for damages for defamation against Ms Culloty on the basis of the apology letter.


Fr O'Brien had also sought orders restraining her from watching, besetting and harassing him over the false allegations which he said were damaging and interfered with his peace, privacy and well-being.


Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne agreed to a request from Mr Dore to adjourn the matter generally which means it can come back before the court if there are any further incidents.


In the apology written to Fr O'Brien, Ms Culloty said she wished to put on record the allegations she made in the letter to the bishop in December 2008, and verbally later to others, never had any basis or truth.


"I wish to categorically also put on record that you never acted inappropriately towards me, or any member of my family, in any way whatever, either sexually, pyhsically, verbally, psychologically or otherwise," she said.


She unreservedly apologised and undertook that neither she or anyone else on her behalf would make such allegations.


She also apologised for an incident on Februrary 8, 2011, when she disrupted a funeral mass in Currow which Fr O'Brien was officiating at.


She accepted Fr O'Brien was a priest of the utmost integrity and that he never behaved in any untoward way.

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