Two senior Church of Ireland bishops have expressed their "sincere concern" about an alleged incident of sexual assault at The King's Hospital school in Dublin.

Archbishop Richard Clarke of Armagh and Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough Michael Jackson said in a statement that, following today's media reports of the allegation, they also offer their thoughts and prayers for the child and family at the centre of the alleged incident.

Gardaí have confirmed that an investigation is under way into the alleged incident in the Lucan area of Dublin last Thursday, 24 November.

The Irish Times has reported that eight pupils have been suspended following the alleged incident at the school in Palmerstown.

It follows a claim that a teenage boy was sexually assaulted.

The bishops say they trust that the process of investigation by the statutory authorities will bring about a just outcome.

They are also praying for the well-being of the pupils and staff of the school at "this difficult time," their statement added.

The statement is also signed by their fellow Bishop Pat Storey who is a member of the school board.

The co-education school is run by the church and accommodates boarders and day pupils.

The school confirmed to The Irish Times that the alleged incident is also being investigated by the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, but is making no further statement at this time.

Tusla has said it does not comment on individual cases.

However, it said where it receives a child protection concern, it is screened and assessed in line with Children First – the national guidance for the protection and welfare of children.

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