Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan was last night still refusing to resign over his handling of complaints of sex abuse while an auxiliary bishop of Dublin.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin heaped further pressure on Bishop Drennan when he urged bishops to “assume accountability and responsibility”. But last night a spokesman for the bishop in Galway again reiterated he would not be resigning.
Archbishop Martin's remarks came after he returned to Dublin from the Irish bishops’ two-day meeting with the Pope in Rome.
Asked about Bishop Drennan resigning, Dr Martin said: “That is a matter for those who present their resignations and the Pope.”
Of the five auxiliaries serving in Dublin at the time, only Bishop Drennan has refused to resign.