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Brendan Boland, who was abused by Fr Brendan Smyth and who was made sign an oath of secrecy in the company of Cardinal Seán Brady in 1975 following a canonical inquiry into the allegations of abuse

“[Gardaí] are equally as responsible as the Catholic church because they chose not to prosecute him,” [Mr Boland] told BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster programme.
“And if they had prosecuted him back then I would never have met him, so I’d never have been abused in the first place. I can’t imagine what my life would’ve been like now. I don’t think it’ll ever leave me.”

Cardinal Brady’s apology to Smyth’s victims was “a last-ditch attempt to save his face and the face of the Catholic church”, Mr Boland said. He added that the senior cleric had made an attempt to contact him previously to apologise, but that it was to be “under his conditions”. “If I had have went I would’ve felt like a little boy again being scrutinised in his environment,” he said. “I refused to go.”

Fr Brendan Smyth victim: Police must be held responsible for abuse (BBC)

Previously: ‘I Hope This Arrangement Will Be Satisfactory’

Cardinal Brady: More Than Just A Notetaker

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Previously: ‘I Hope This Arrangement Will Be Satisfactory’

‘Allowing Him To Retire Is Part Of The Cover-Up’

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Cardinal Sean Brady, who is due to offer his resignation as the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, when he turns 75 on Saturday – as is necessary under canon law.

Cardinal Sean Brady secretly interviewed victims of the late Fr Brendan Smyth in 1975, including Brendan Boland, then aged 14, and never told the authorities of what the victims, including Mr Boland, said.

Cardinal Brady also never told the parents of other children who were being abused, the names and addresses of whom were given to Cardinal Brady by Mr Boland. Smyth went on to abuse at least one of those children, and many others.

In yesterday’s Sunday Times, Justine McCarthy wrote about Cardinal Brady’s pending resignation, saying:

“An unspoken gentlemen’s agreement among Ireland’s establishment that Brady be allowed to glide serenely off centre stage is a kick in the stomach for survivors, especially for those who, as children, were raped and molested by the late Fr Brendan Smyth.”

Ms McCarthy also wrote how Cardinal Brady recently confirmed to the Sunday Times that he never cooperated with the Garda investigation into Smyth, which led to Smyth being jailed in 1997, and that, indeed, he didn’t even know about it.

Why did he not know? Was he on Mars? How else did he escape the wall-to-wall news in November 1994 that the Irish government [led by Albert Reynolds] had collapsed following a controversy sparked by a UTV documentary over the state’s failure to extradite Smyth to Northern Ireland, where he had been arrested and bailed on child sexual abuse charges? A month after the government fell, Brady was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Armagh, making him the heir apparent as the doyen of the Irish church. The following year, two other priests who were present when Brady co-signed an oath of secrecy by Brendan Boland, aged 14, were interviewed by gardai investigating Smyth. One of those priests was Monsignor Francis Donnelly, a priest of the Armagh archdiocese. Did Donnelly never mention his garda interview to his boss and fellow inquisitor Brady?


Sunday Times article unavailable online.

(Photocall Ireland)

You probably remain a little spooked by the extremely chilling performance by Ian Beattie (above) as the paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

Other less convincing lookalikes in Brendan Smyth: Betrayal of Trust, – but also providing the stuff of nightmares – included:

Gerry O’Brien as Albert Reynolds
Peter Hanly as Dick Spring
Jonathan Ryan as Proinsias De Rossa
Karl O’Neil as Clive Sinclair Harry Whelehan
Billy Clarke as Cardinal Daly
Stephen Kelly as Fr. Sean (now Cardinal) Brady getting two of Smith’s victims to sign ‘confidentiality agreements’ in 1975.


Watch Brendan Smyth: Betrayal of Trust here.

Brendan Smyth: Betrayal Of Trust (IMDB)
Who is Harry Whelehan?