Northern Ireland

Father Hugh Kennedy returning to duty

A Catholic priest in Belfast who had been at the centre of a police investigation is to return to ministry.

Father Hugh Kennedy, voluntarily stepped down as administrator of St Peter's Cathedral in Belfast in 2011.

At the time the church said it had received information about him which it gave to the police and social services.

Bishop Noel Treanor told parishioners at St Peter's, that all relevant agencies, including the authorities, were satisfied he should return.

The decision followed a PSNI investigation and a more recent internal church review.

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