Everyone must be alert to the possibility that children or adults at risk of abuse with whom they are in contact may be suffering from abuse or neglect.

The Diocese and its Personnel have a responsibility to pass on safeguarding concerns without delay (within the next working day) to the Civil Authorities (Tusla , HSE and An Gardaí) even in cases where Church Personnel are not directly involved.

The guiding principles in regard to the reporting of abuse or neglect are:

  • The safety of the child / adult at risk is paramount
  • If you have a safeguarding concern and are not sure what to do, contact the Diocesan Designated Liaison Person
  • Reports should be made without delay to the Diocesan Designated Liaison Person, Tusla/HSE and An Gardaí
  • If a child / person is in immediate danger contact the Gardaí directly

Diocesan Designated Liaison Persons

Director of Safeguarding:
Fr. Alan O’Leary

Mob 087 785 7685

Office 021 430 1717
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If you have a Safeguarding concern and wish to report it directly to the statutory authorities, the contact details are as follows:


  • North Lee Community Services, Blackpool, Cork. Tel: 021-492 7000
  • South Lee Community Services, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork.  Tel: 021-492 3001
  • West Cork Community Services, Skibbereen. Tel: 028-40447, 028-40456

An Gárda Siochána

Gardaí National Protective Services Bureau: Tel: 01-6663430, 01-666 3435