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Irish board monitoring abuse claims denies former director's charge that complaint was scuttled

Catholic World News - March 28, 2014

The former chief of an independent board set up by the Irish bishops to investigate sex-abuse complaints has complained that critical facts were removed from a report that he had drafted.

Ian Elliott, who retired last year from his post as director of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children, said that the Board’s report on the Diocese of Down and Connor failed to mention that the diocese had stymied an inquiry into the case of a former priest jailed for molesting young men.

The National Board released a statement denying the charges. The statement said that the report was edited after Elliott’s departure, but rejected the claim that the group “omitted relevant matters from the audit process.”

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