A spokesperson for The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has cut short his visit to Dublin to investigate allegations of financial irregularities on a small island parish.

According to sources close to the Pontiff, the allegations relate to transactions in the early 1990’s that correspond to donations made via a priest who was in charge at the time.

One source said, ‘We are not in a position to name him at the present time, but we are aware that he is insisting that the money was resting in his account.’

‘We’re not sure if his curate was involved – we are having difficulty getting a lot of sense out of him.’

We tried to speak to a fellow priest in the parish, but he was unwilling to go into further details.

He simply replied, ‘That would be an ecumenical matter.’