Priest reinstatement announcement

THE reinstatement of a former north Kildare parish priest, who stepped aside from his duties in 2008 following allegations of wrong doing, is expected to be announced next Sunday.

THE reinstatement of a former north Kildare parish priest, who stepped aside from his duties in 2008 following allegations of wrong doing, is expected to be announced next Sunday.

The Leader reported in August that a diocesan church investigation into allegations against Fr. Phillip Corcoran of the Parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Confey, Leixlip, had cleared him of any wrong doing.

As of yet there has been no official announcement of his reinstatement but at masses last weekend it was announced that Bishop Raymond Field would announce and celebrate the reinstatement of Fr. Corcoran at 11 am this Sunday, 9 October.

Fr. Corcorcan, who remained living in the parish, was replaced as parish priest following the allegations. But in July it emerged he had been cleared of any alleged charges by the church inquiry.

In May 2008, parishioners were informed that Fr. Corcoran was stepping aside over an incident alleged to have taken place over 25 years ago.

In July 2008, the DPP said that Fr. Corcoran had no case to answer in relation to the allegations.

A Dublin native, Fr. Corcoran served in Kilmead in Kildare, Valleymount in Wicklow and Castleknock, Dublin, before moving to Confey parish.