Safeguarding Personnel & Structures

Every citizen has a responsibility to safeguard children. All who engage with children in church activities have a special duty of care towards them.

Archbishop Michael Neary
The Archbishop has overall responsibility for Safeguarding Children in the Archdiocese.

Director of Safeguarding Children
Maureen Walsh oversees and co-ordinates safeguarding across the Archdiocese.

Designated Persons
The Archdiocese has appointed Mrs Mary Trench (087 931 5823) Fr Francis Mitchell (087 407 0206) as Designated Liaison Persons. They receive concerns, allegations or suspicions and pass them to the relevant statutory and church authorities. They manage cases on behalf of the Archbishop.

Local Safeguarding Representative (LSR)
Every parish has appointed at least one lay person as Local Safeguarding Representative who with the priest promotes safeguarding in the parish.

Safeguarding Committee
This committee consists of nine members, develops a 3 year safeguarding plan, liaises with LSRs, completes a training needs assessment and checks the annual parish audits.

Support Person(s)
The Diocese has appointed Marian Geraghty as Support Person who is available on a pastoral level to those who make an allegation/disclosure of abuse which involves church personnel.

Adviser
The Diocese has appointed Fr Conal Eustace and Fr Hughie Loftus as Advisers who will be available on a pastoral level to the respondent.

Safeguarding Trainers
Trish Gallagher, Noreen Sadler and Maureen Walsh (086 834 5585) are National Board accredited Safeguarding Children Trainers and provide training across the Archdiocese.

Case Management Committee
This is a committee consisting of nine members and provides advice in the management of cases.

Statutory Authorities
The DLPs liaise closely with TUSLA and with An Garda Síochána.