The Cork Diocesan Office (Catholic) responded (14th Aug. 2012) to a recent request to upload the digitized Catholic records for the Deanery of Cork to the free irishgenealogy.ie website. The reply from the Diocesan Office included the sentence:
“For some time now, the Irish Bishops’ Conference have been engaging with the National Library, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and other agencies in relation to the access to these private records. More recently, Cork City Council, approached the Diocesan Office in relation to making these records freely available.”
The letter went on to say:
“At this point in time, discussions are ongoing at Conference level and until such discussions are finalised, Bishop Buckley is not in a position to have these records accessible on the Irish Genealogy website or through any other electronic form.”
So, it seems that nothing has been decided even though the Cork County Council previously made it known that they had decided to add these records to the paying IFHF website.
I wonder when the FINAL decision will be made?