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Dublin Archbishop shrugs off Murphy report criticism

The Archbishop of Dublin has shrugged off criticism from priests of him being “a divisive” figure for fully accepting the Murphy report's findings of cover-ups of paedophile priests.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was responding publicly for the first time to criticism that has been building since a meeting of priests in Dublin only days after the publication of the report on November 26.

“I believe my reaction was to recognise something terrible happened on our watch,” Dr Martin said in an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent yesterday. “We got it spectacularly wrong,” he added.

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