A pedophile priest’s quest to keep his Australian citizenship fails on appeal
- Finian Egan, 86, application to retain Australian citizenship denied by federal court
- Irish-born pedophile priest charged with historic crimes from 1961-1987
- Egan was convicted of the crimes, having previously relinquished his Irish citizenship
Convicted pedophile and former Catholic priest Finian Egan has not appealed to a federal court to keep his Australian citizenship.
The 86-year battle for citizenship began while he was in prison for sexual assault against minors.
The Irish-born man was charged with eight counts of historic sex offenses between 1961 and 1987 in 2012 against three girls between the ages of 10 and 17.
He was found guilty by the jury in the NSW District Court and sentenced to a maximum term of eight years, with a non-suspended term of four years from December 2013.
Catholic priest Finian Egan (pictured) has not appealed to a federal court to retain his Australian citizenship
Peter Dutton was Minister of Immigration and Border Protection when he filed in 2016 to revoke Egan’s citizenship, but from prison, the older man sought a successful overhaul to put this decision aside.
After his parole in December 2017, Mr. Dutton appealed and shared his views with Ray Hadley on Radio 2GB, saying that Egan was a “terrible individual” and “not a worthy member of our society,” court documents said.
After another tribunal weighed in Mr Dutton’s favor, Egan relied on this interview as an indication that he would likely be deported to Ireland if his citizenship were revoked.
His last appeal to federal court was based on four grounds, one of which was the renunciation of his Irish citizenship earlier in the trial.
But the federal court ruled that he would be issued a visa for ex-citizens in Australia, which would not necessarily be canceled.
“The findings of the Tribunal are clear that there was no lasting uncertainty about the applicant’s Irish citizenship or any risk of de facto statelessness.”
In 2018, he was dismissed from the clerical state by the Catholic Church and stripped of his priesthood after the Diocese of Broken Bay referred his case to Rome.
Judges John Nicholas, Angus Stewart and Wendy Abraham rejected Egan’s appeal and ordered him to pay the costs.
His last appeal to federal court was based on four grounds, one of which was the renunciation of his Irish citizenship earlier in the trial