BISHOP WALSH AND THE FATHER DONAGHY AFFAIR
A contributor to this Blog in the last few days suggested that Bishop E-Merry-Tus Paddy Walsh might have been in agony about the Father James Donaghy affair. Donaghy was the PP of Bangor who went to prison for sexually abusing and assaulting various young men in the diocese during Walsh's tenure.
I do not believe that Paddy Walsh lost one minute's sleep over that scandal - or any other scandal during his stewardship - as long as he himself and his cronies were not affected. James Donaghy was a Walsh croney.
Donaghy did not go to prison until 2012. Walsh was aware of problems about him for at least a decade before.
How do I know? Because I told Walsh about Donaghy as early as 2001.
After receiving this letter Paddy Walsh sent for a number of priests and told them that he had reports about them but no proof and advised them to be careful.
After this second letter and much other correspondence, I attended a meeting at Lisbreen with Paddy Walsh. "Victim A"'s father and "Victim A"'s uncle.