In 1975, Cardinal Seán Brady conducted canonical investigations into allegations by two teenage boys of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Hearing Cardinal Seán Brady’s evidence to the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was to be reminded of a damning conclusion in Judge Yvonn(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry the scandal of Brendan Smyth’s paedophilia was “kept a secret – very, very secret”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has said he was “truly sorry” for the “totally inadequate and ineffective” manner in which the church dea(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady, who retired last year, arrives at Banbridge Court on Thursday to give evidence in The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Clerics involved in investigating child sex abuse were bound to secrecy so the Catholic church’s “good name” could be protected, Cardinal Sean Brady h(...)

File photograph of former abbot of the Norbertine Order and Brendan Smyth’s superior, Kevin Smith, who told police he did not realise at the time that paedophilia was a crime.

The former abbot of the Kilnacrott Norbertine Abbey in Co Cavan, Kevin Smith, has been accused of telling lies about his knowledge of when Fr Brend(...)

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth wrote to the late Cardinal Cahal Daly from prison to deny that his sexual abuse of boys and girls had caused serious damage to the Catholic Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth wrote to the late Cardinal Cahal Daly from prison to deny that his sexual abuse of boys and girls had caused serious d(...)

Retired Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady, who as far back as 1975 heard allegations of sexual abuse against the late  Fr Brendan Smyth, is to give evidence at the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down on Thursday. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Retired Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady has stated there was a culture of “secrecy and silence” in the Catholic Church which believed issues (...)

Failings that allowed notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth (above) to abuse children for four decades will be examined by a public inquiry on Monday

The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry in the North heard on Monday that paedophile priest Brendan Smyth admitted that he could have sexuall(...)

 Cardinal Seán Brady. A brother, sister and their  cousin have appealed against the High Court dismissal of their action against the cardinal.  File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Catholic Church authorities have been accused of extreme deceit and equitable fraud in a case involving settlements with victims of abuser Fr(...)

The culture of child protection is not evenly embedded across the Catholic Church and remains a cause for concern, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Marti(...)

St Mel’s Cathedral pictured in 1967. Photograph: Getty Images.

President Michael D Higgins, his wife, Sabina, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin, and retired Catholic primate, Cardinal Seán Brady, were(...)