Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Brady not subject of garda probe

The Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has confirmed that Cardinal Seán Brady is not under garda investigation at this point in time.

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland was forced to reject calls for his resignation earlier this month, after it emerged that he attended two meetings in the 1970s when two children who had been abused by Fr Brendan Smyth were sworn to secrecy.

Cardinal Brady is being sued in a personal capacity, as well as in his role as Catholic Primate of All Ireland, by a woman who was raped by the notorious paedophile priest over five years.

Speaking at the AGSI Conference in Galway today, Commissioner Murphy confirmed that the Cardinal and his handling of the situation was not the subject of a garda probe.

"We are not investigating Cardinal Brady at this point in time," Commissioner Murphy said.

"What we have been doing since the Murphy and Ryan reports is reviewing our work practices, building on those… and in the next few days, as I will be telling the delegates here, we will be rolling out a comprehensive policy on investigation of sexual abuse cases."

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