NSW Inquiry returns to Newcastle today

Inquiry head Margaret Cuneen

The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle returns to Newcastle today, reports The Newcastle Herald.

Representatives for whistleblower Detective Chief Inspector Fox, Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, and several Catholic Church clergy members, are expected to read submissions during the final three hearing days.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell established the commission of inquiry, the first of its kind in Australia, after Mr Fox's open letter to the Premier was published in the Herald in November last year and after he appeared on the ABC's Lateline.

The inquiry, which ran between May and August this year, has considered police investigations of the late Hunter paedophile priests Denis McAlinden and Jim Fletcher and examined the Church's handling of allegations involving the priests.

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More sittings for Newcastle Inquiry today (The Newcastle Herald)

Irish warned that Denis McAlinden was 'difficult' (The Australian)

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