Fr Brendan Smyth (left) in 1997
At the Historic Institutional Abuse Inquiry…
In a letter to an officer at Finglas Garda station dated November 1, 1973, Smyth’s psychiatrist said he was recommending the cleric be admitted for treatment.
The doctor said: “I have been asked to write to you by Fr Brendan Smyth of Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. He has been a patient under my care for some months and I am familiar with the nature of his problems. I am writing to his superior suggesting that he should have a period of inpatient care in St Patrick’s Hospital or in St Edmonds Bury….I hope this arrangement will be satisfactory to you and your superiors.”
…According to a case summary dated February 1974, a doctor at St Patrick’s confirmed a diagnosis of paedophilia.
Fr Smyth would go on to abuse children until his eventual arrest in 1994.
Yesterday: Before he Was Ordained
(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)