No further action in paedophile priest case

Notorious paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth

Notorious paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth

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Victims of a notorious paedophile priest have been barred from taking further legal action against the Catholic Church because of an earlier settlement in 1998.

Three people who were abused by Belfast-born Brendan Smyth took a case in Dublin’s High Court against the Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly and Cardinal Sean Brady – the head of the Catholic church in Ireland. They alleged the clerics had not taken steps to prevent Smyth from molesting children in the 1970s and 1980s. Smyth died of a heart attack in prison in August 1997.

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