Belfast Telegraph

Bishop defends Derry toilet peep priest's promotion

The Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce last night defended his decision to promote a priest convicted of voyeurism, writes Greg Harkin.

Fr Patrick McGarvey was appointed parish priest of Fanad, Co Donegal last month.

The elevation took place at a special Mass at St Mary's in Fanavolty last month.

Fr McGarvey was caught by undercover police at the Foyleside shopping centre in Derry in August 2004 watching people go to the public toilets there.

Police officers had carried out an investigation after complaints from members of the public

The priest was charged with indecency. In June 2005 he pleaded guilty and was given a two-year conditional discharge.

Bishop Boyce said: "He has apologised for his actions in the past, which did not constitute child sexual abuse, and he has paid a high price for it.

"Not to appoint him parish priest now could be construed as further punishment which would be unwarranted," he said

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