Fr Shane Gallagher was reacting to a story by Donegal Daily earlier today that Bishop Philip Boyce has stepped-in to resolve the matter.
Fr Gallagher issued the statement through his solicitor in which he said he was not part of any resolution with singer Sara Laughlin.
He further adds that he is “hurt and appalled” that a private conversation over the suitability of a song be made public.
Fr Gallagher and Ms Laughlin were involved in a dispute over the singing of a song at mass in Lettermacaward last Saturday night.
Ms Laughlin claims she was verbally abused – a claim denied by Fr Gallagher.
The following is the full statement from Fr Gallagher.
“I was happy to learn of the announcement made on Highland Radio at 10.30 a.m. today that this matter has been resolved. I was not a party to the resolution of it and did not in any respect contribute to it, nor did I have any advance notice of it. As of 12.05 pm today, I remain unaware of any details of the resolution announced. I wish to take this opportunity to refute the allegations made against me. I am hurt and appalled that a private conversation with Ms. Sara Laughlin regarding the suitability of a particular song she sang at Communion time, during a Mass I celebrated last Saturday evening for her grandmother and uncle, has been so unfairly distorted and that, in consequence, I have been so vilified and abused in the social media over the past 36 hours. In the interests of the people whom I serve in Leitirmacaward and Doochary, I hope to be permitted draw a line under the matter and, to this end, I will be making no further comment.”