New bishop appointed in Cloyne

A new bishop has been appointed to the diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork for the first time in two years following a scandal over the handling of abuse allegations.

The Pope has appointed Canon William Crean of Cahirciveen in Co Kerry to the post vacated in 2010 by Bishop John Magee.

An official report found that Bishop Magee had failed to fully implement the Church's own child protection guidelines.

He later said that he was "ashamed" by the abuse perpetrated by priests of his diocese.

Canon Crean, 61, was ordained to the priesthood in 1976.

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