Bishop Brendan Comiskey celebrated the Easter Vigil at St Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy this evening. There had been uncertainty over whether the Bishop of Ferns would attend the service. Earlier, a curate at the Cathedral said the chances of Dr Comiskey turning up were 50-50.
Bishop Comiskey had not taken part in this week’s ceremonies until tonight and, with the exception of one brief statement, he has not yet responded to criticism by those who were sexually abused by Father Sean Fortune.
A close friend of the Bishop's told RTÉ news that Dr Comiskey did not attend yesterday's Easter Passion of Our Lord service at St Aidan's because he did not want to subject the congregation to the media disruption that his presence would have brought.
The friend said the Bishop was deeply distressed at being absent from the Easter service yesterday and that he really wanted to be there.
The friend added that Dr Comiskey had been looking forward to attending St Aidan's yesterday and this evening but that he had decided not to spoil the Easter ceremonies for worshippers by adding to the media disruption. However, the Bishop was at St Aidan’s tonight.