• The group that represents Catholic Priests, the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP),  is concerned about calls for an Easter return to community worship. That’s according to Association member Fr Brendan Hoban.

    Fr Hoban says the ACP commends the archbishops in seeking to engage political leadership about public worship, it has significant misgivings about re-opening churches for Easter ceremonies, believing it to be a premature and potentially detrimental move.

    Numerous priests (many elderly and not yet vaccinated) are Covid-19 frontline workers, working with families during sadness and bereavement.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Fr Hoban says the post-Christmas surge in new Covid-19 cases and the threat from Covid-19 variants represent a persuasive evidence-based platform to strongly argue against an early return to congregational worship.

    He’s been outlining the association’s concerns to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley..

  • The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has issued a statement supporting Fr Oliver O'Reilly the county Cavin Parish Priest and the position he has adopted in relation to the recent attack on Mr Kevin Lunney. “We admire his courage in speaking the truth in a very difficult situation”, the Association states.

    Fr O’Reilly came to national prominence in the days after the abduction and assault of Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney. Fr O’Reilly denounced the “barbaric and horrific” assault from the pulpit in Ballyconnell as well as condemning “the paymaster or paymasters” responsible for the attack.

    The ACP has applauded his courage for the homily that he put out when he spoke about the situation.