AN Inishowen priest who was acquitted in 2012 of sexual assault charges against a teenage girl says he is “absolutely delighted” to be returning to a ministry in the Diocese of Derry.
Fr Eugene Boland, a parish priest in Cappagh, County Tyrone, stepped aside four years ago while the allegations were investigated.
The administrator of the diocese said both the legal proceedings and Church processes have now been completed and Father Boland will say Mass again this Saturday night.
Fr Francis Bradley, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Derry, said: “I am glad the civil and canonical processes in respect of Fr Eugene Boland have drawn to a close.
“Fr Eugene can now resume the public exercise of the priestly ministry.
“These processes have demanded time and effort on the part of many people. They have been difficult for all involved.”.
The administrator added: “I warmly welcome Fr Eugene’s return to Cappagh.”
Fr Eugene Boland, of Killyclogher Road in Omagh, was acquitted of all five charges against him in June 2012 following an eight-day trial in Derry.