A BBC investigation has uncovered fresh revelations about the role of the Catholic primate of all-Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, in the failure to protect children from child abuse.
The investigation centres on a secret church inquiry in 1975 when a 14-year-old was questioned about abuse.
Sean Brady’s role in the affair was exposed in 2010, when he was forced to admit that he had been present when the abused boy was questioned.
What Cardinal Brady failed to tell anyone in 2010 was that Brendan Boland [the 14-year-old victim] had also given him and his colleagues the precise details of a group of children who were being abused by Smyth.
Cardinal Brady did interview one of them and swore him to secrecy.
None of the children’s parents or the police were told, leaving one boy, his sister and dozens of other children exposed to Smyth’s sex attacks for a further 13 years.