Brady’s Response: The Main Points

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I won’t resign: ” I have worked with others in the Church to put these new procedures in place and I look forward to continuing that vital work in the years ahead.”

I didn’t lead the investigation: “I was asked by my then Bishop (Bishop Francis McKiernan of the Diocese of Kilmore) to assist others who were more senior to me in this Inquiry process on a one-off basis only”

BBC programme exaggerated my role, I was just a note-taker: “Any suggestion that I was other than a ‘notary’ in the process of recording evidence from Mr Boland, is false and misleading”

I did interview one of the children identified by Brendan Boland: “Acting promptly and with the specific purpose of corroborating the evidence provided by Mr Boland, thereby strengthening the case against Brendan Smyth, I subsequently interviewed one of the children identified by Mr Boland who lived in my home diocese of Kilmore. That I conducted this interview on my own is already on the public record. This provided prompt corroboration of the evidence given by Mr Boland.”

But I took no further action in regards to that child or the other children I was told about: As to other children named in the evidence recorded during the Inquiry process, I had no further involvement in the Inquiry process once I handed over the evidence taken. I trusted that those with the authority to act in relation to Brendan Smyth would treat the evidence seriously and respond appropriately.”

The Abbot in the Monastery in Kilnacrott and his Religious Superiors in the Norbertine Order are at fault, not me:  “The commentary in the programme and much of the coverage of my role in this Inquiry gives the impression that I was the only person who knew of the allegations against Brendan Smyth at that time and that because of the office I hold in the Church today I somehow had the power to stop Brendan Smyth in 1975. I had absolutely no authority over Brendan Smyth. Even my Bishop had limited authority over him. The only people who had authority within the Church to stop Brendan Smyth from having contact with children were his Abbot in the Monastery in Kilnacrott and his Religious Superiors in the Norbertine Order.”

I feel betrayed but the Catholic Church is now much more open, transparent. There is no more silence: With others, I feel betrayed that those who had the authority in the Church to stop Brendan Smyth failed to act on the evidence I gave them. However, I also accept that I was part of an unhelpful culture of deference and silence in society, and the Church, which thankfully is now a thing of the past.”

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