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Two-thirds of Catholic dioceses do not publish accounts online

Almost two thirds of the 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland do not publish any of their financial details on their websites, a new survey has found.

By comparison, the reverse is true in the US, where almost two-thirds of the 177 dioceses there publish such details on their websites.

The Irish survey was carried out by We are Church Ireland, a lay Catholic lobby group, which has called for greater transparency in diocesan finances.

A summary of the financial details of each diocese, and other relevant charities in each, are published on the Charities Regulatory Authority website.

However, the level of detail made available to parishioners on diocesan websites varies significantly.

The survey of the 26 Catholic dioceses on the island of Ireland found that 62 per cent presented no financial information on their websites at all.

Only five Irish dioceses publish audited accounts on their websites: Down & Connor in Northern Ireland, Dublin, Elphin, Limerick, and Ossory.

A further five publish some financial details on their websites: Clogher, Cork and Ross, Ferns, Kildare and…

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