Retired priest found guilty of assaulting boy

Friday 27 June 2014 22.44
The jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found the retired priest guilty of sexual assault
The jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found the retired priest guilty of sexual assault

A 70-year-old retired priest has been found guilty of an indecent assault on a young boy at a boarding school in Cork in 1979. 

Fr Tadhg Ó Dalaigh, with an address in Woodview, Mount Merrion Blackrock Co Dublin was found guilty by a unanimous decision. 

The jury of ten men and two women at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found him guilty of the sexual assault of the then 16-year-boy old while he was a teacher at Coláiste Chroí Naofa in Carrignavar, County Cork.

The court had been told Fr Ó Dalaigh assaulted the boy while he was in the sick bay at the boarding school between March and April 1979.

Fr Ó Dalaigh has been remanded on bail and will be sentenced on 31 October.

He will also be sentenced for indecently assaulting another student at the school on five separate occasions.

During the evidence to the court Fr Ó Dalaigh had said he had abused ten boys while he was a teacher at the school between 1969 and 1974 and also between 1977 and 1985.

However, he denied the boy in this particular case was one of them. 

He said he had given his superiors a list of the names of the boys he abused when he was confronted on the matter in the mid 90's.