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Former clergyman was charged in 2012 with eight counts of historical sexual offences between 1961 and 1987.

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Fr Finian Egan was charged with child sex abuse offences

Fr Finian Egan was charged with child sex abuse offences

Fr Finian Egan was charged with child sex abuse offences

A convicted pedophile priest is due to deported to Ireland from Australia after losing an appeal to retain his Australian citizenship.

Fr Finian Egan, an Irish-born former Catholic priest (85), was transferred to Australia in 1959 and was charged in 2012 with eight counts of historical sexual offences between 1961 and 1987 against three girls aged between 10 and 17.

In 2018, he was dismissed by the Catholic Church and stripped of his priesthood after the Diocese of Broken Bay presented its case to Rome.

He was stripped of his Australian citizenship last August while serving time in prison.

He was sentenced to a maximum term of eight years, with a non-parole period of four years from December 2013 after being found guilty by jury in the NSW District Court.

In 2016, an application was made to revoke Egan’s citizenship by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton. However, Egan sought a review on this decision from prison.

His latest Federal Court appeal was based on four grounds, including that he had renounced his Irish citizenship earlier in the process and could not return to Ireland if deported from Australia.

The Federal Court found that he would be granted an ex-citizen visa in Australia, which would not necessarily be cancelled.

“The Tribunal's findings are clear that there was no remaining uncertainty about the applicant's Irish citizenship or any risk of de facto statelessness,” the court heard.

Justices John Nicholas, Angus Stewart and Wendy Abraham dismissed Egan's appeal and ordered him to pay costs.

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