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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The trustees of Maynooth - the 17 most-senior Catholic bishops - agreed this week to work on a new policy to protect whistle-blowers at the national seminary. It comes after a wave of allegations, many of them anonymous, of homosexual relationships between seminarians.

Further allegations were made that the college authorities did not treat such allegations with sufficient gravity. Critics of the college quickly seized on the controversy as evidence of a corrupt underbelly, while defenders of Maynooth rounded on the detractors and insisted that anonymous allegations should be treated with contempt.


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