Brendan Smyth

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Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It is the story of a photograph: four cardinals, all Irish, and one president, Mary McAleese. The occasion was the elevation in 2007 of the then prima(...)

Father Malachy Finnegan: when he was at Stroud treatment centre for sex offenders he  was parish priest at Clonduff/Hilltown near Newry and president of the local GAA club, where he looked after the juvenile football teams

A former Catholic priest remembers Fr Malachy Finnegan when he was at the Stroud treatment centre for sex offenders in Gloucestershire, England. It wa(...)

Joanne Hayes at the Tralee inquiry in 1985. This week’s apology to  Hayes by An Garda Síochána coincided with the Dáil debate on the recommendation that the Eighth Amendment be repealed. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

“Ireland is changing mother Tell yourself, tell your sons” (from “Ireland is Changing Mother”, by Rita Ann Higgins, 2011) Women suspected of being(...)

The plot of Alfano’s ‘Risurrezione’ features a man who abuses a young girl. Photograph: Clive Barda

It’s hard not to be thinking of Harvey Weinstein these days. The wide-ranging accusations against the Hollywood mogul have galvanised public opinion a(...)

A boy whose skull was fractured when a van reversed over him while he was playing  has secured a €200,000 settlement of his High Court action.

A boy whose skull was fractured when a van reversed over him while he was playing near his home has secured a €200,000 settlement of his High Court ac(...)

The coffin of Billy McConville, son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, is taken from St Paul’s Parish Church, Belfast following his funeral service. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The findings of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry must be implemented immediately, a priest has urged at the funeral of Billy McConvill(...)

Brendan Smyth: a review established that four Norbertines had sexually abused so many children that it concluded the figure was simply ‘not known’.

The last public Mass by a Norbertine priest in Ireland was celebrated on Sunday September 25th, 2016. As of that date all public ministry by the Norbe(...)

Margaret McGuckin: “There was no love there at all, no Christian attitudes, none whatsoever.” Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The Sisters of Nazareth and the De La Salle Brothers again issued apologies to those who suffered abuse in their care homes after the latest safeguard(...)

Brendan Smyth raped and sexually assaulted Helen McGonigle  in the US when she was aged between six and nine years old. Photograph: Colin Keegan

A woman who was sexually abused by serial paedophile Fr Brendan Smyth has criticised the Catholic Church for its “disturbing” failure to change its wa(...)

Fr Brendan Smyth. The Norbertine order is “still receiving complaints” relating to Smyth. Photograph: Colin Keegan.

When it came to the Norbertine congregation, of which Fr Brendan Smyth was a member, the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children sa(...)

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