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Oath of Secrecy

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Uploaded on Jul 29, 2010

Cardinal Sean Brady was one of three priests who failed to report allegations of sex abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth to gardaí, it has been revealed. The victims met with the then Fr Brady in 1975 and were asked to sign an oath not to talk about the matter with anyone other than an approved priest.

Fr Brendan Smyth was convicted of 17 counts of sexual abuse 20 years later. The revelations relate to a period in 1975 when Cardinal Sean Brady was the part-time secretary to the then Bishop of Kilmore Francis McKiernan. He has confirmed he attended two meetings with the child victims - at one he recorded what happened whilst at the other he asked the questions.

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