Northern Ireland

Priest steps aside in Diocese of Dromore over complaint

Monsignor Aidan Hamill
Image caption Monsignor Aidan Hamill is parish priest of St Peter's and St Paul's in Lurgan

A Catholic priest has stepped aside while an "historical complaint" is investigated, the Bishop of Dromore has said.

Monsignor Aidan Hamill, who is based in Lurgan, County Armagh, has voluntarily stepped aside from his duties.

Bishop John McAreavey said he was recently made aware of the allegations.

"In accordance with both national and diocesan child protection policy and procedures, the relevant statutory authorities were informed," he said.

Bishop McAreavey said social services were carrying out an independent risk assessment.

He added: "Safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is of paramount concern for the Diocese of Dromore. I ask you to pray for everyone concerned."