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Connell withdraws legal bid to keep documents secret

Monday, February 11, 2008
The former Archbishop of Dublin, Cardinal Desmond Connell, has withdrawn his High Court bid to stop an inquiry into allegations of clerical child abuse examining certain documents.

The documents were handed over to the Government's inquiry into allegations in the Dublin Archdiocese by Cardinal Connell's successor, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

At the end of last year, Archbishop Martin gave a disc containing thousands of files to the government-appointed commission of investigation into the Dublin Archdiocese's handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations.

However, late last month, Cardinal Connell's legal team secured a temporary injunction preventing the commission from beginning an examination of the documents.

Cardinal Connell's lawyers had argued that some of the documents were legally privileged.

However, today Cardinal Connell withdrew his High Court bid.

Judge Iarla O'Neill struck out the case and granted costs to the commission.

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