One in Four CEO: Magee doesn't realise gravity of abuse scandal

The Chief Executive of One in Four Maeve Lewis has said she believes the former Bishop of Cloyne does not understand the gravity of what happened in his diocese.

Dr John Magee issued a statement last night, after returning home to Cork, weeks after the publication of the Cloyne report.

In it he said he accepted full responsibility for the failure of his Diocese to manage allegations of child abuse and he appealed for privacy.

Ms Lewis said she is concerned at the sentiments expressed in the statement.

She said: "I read in Bishop Magee's tome that he considers himself to be the victim of the piece, asking to be left in peace, and we are in danger of forgetting the people who really are the victims in this story.

"My sense is that Bishop Magee doesn't understand the gravity and the enormity of what happened in his diocese."

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