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A PRIEST has stepped down from his position after fresh allegations of child sex abuse came to light, it was confirmed yesterday.

Archbishop of Dublin Rev Diarmuid Martin Diarmuid Martin D.D. (pronunced deer-mid) (born 8 April 1945) is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. He was born in Dublin.

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 revealed a priest had "voluntarily stood aside from his role in a parish as a result of information giving rise to child protection concerns".

But Rev Martin said this doesn't prove the cleric involved is guilty.

He added: "This is in accordance with the Catholic Church's standards and guidance document on safeguarding children.

"Standing aside is important to allow all appropriate investigations by statutory and Church authorities to proceed and does not denote innocence or guilt." In a statement, Rev

Martin said it was "a matter of regret and concern one Sunday newspaper [the Irish Mail On Sunday] chose to publish details of a priest standing aside".

Rev Martin added he hoped "this decision would not in any way compromise a process which has the safety of children at its core".

He said: "The Archdiocese arch·di·o·cese  
The district under an archbishop's jurisdiction.

 of Dublin does not release information to the media concerning confidential aspects of safeguarding procedures.

"Statements are made to the parish community. This is an important part of the process."

The Archbishop advised anyone who may have information or concerns about the safety of children to contact the Diocesan Child Protection Service at 01 830314, the Gardai, the HSE HSE House
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 11, 2009
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