The Diocese encourages people who have experienced or have knowledge of abuse by priests or other church personnel to talk with the Diocesan Designated Person who is formally responsible within the Diocese for ensuring that we response appropriately and respectfully. However the Diocese will make available the person whomever the complainant is most comfortable to meet with.
The Diocese will offer a range of supports to Complainants.
The Diocese will arrange confidential counselling, in a manner acceptable to the Complainant
Towards Healing: Towards Healing is an independent organisation providing professional counselling support for people who have experienced institutional, clerical or religious abuse in Ireland. Phone: 1800 303 416. Email: www.towardshealing.ie
Towards Peace: Towards Peace provides spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. Phone: 01 5053028. Email: towardspeace.ie
The Diocese has a panel of lay people who are available to Support Complainants in their engagement with the Diocese.
If the complainant wishes to have a support person available to them, the following are the roles which the support person can have:
The Diocese maintains active relationships with the relevant statutory agencies (Tusla and Gardaí) and their policies and procedures and we can support a Complainants engagement with these agencies
Bishop Brendan Leahy is personally available to meet persons making complaints
Mr Ger. Crowley has overall responsibility for ensuring that all of the responsibilities arising for the diocese are met, and ensuring that appropriate support, advice and pastoral care is offered to the complainant.
Complaints regarding the Safeguarding Service should be communicated to the Bishop who will appoint a complaints person to deal with the complaint.
Complaints regarding the Safeguarding Service should be communicated to Bishop Leahy or Very Rev. Tony Mullins (Vicar General), at Limerick Diocesan Centre, St. Munchins, Corbally, Limerick. The Diocese will appoint a complaints person to deal with the complaint.
Phone: 061 350000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocese will invite the National Safeguarding Board for the Catholic Church in Ireland to periodically review and audit its safeguarding arrangements. Such audits will be advertised on the Diocesan website and the Diocesan Safeguarding website.
Complainants are encouraged to make their views on the safeguarding arrangements known to the National Safeguarding Board during such audit s and also at any other time they wish.
National Board for the Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland New House, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Phone: 01 505 3124