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Cardinal Sean Brady's payout to paedophile priest victim

Cardinal Sean Brady has made an undisclosed settlement with a victim of notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

Brendan Boland secured the payout, believed to be a six-figure sum, after he was sworn to secrecy by the Catholic leader in 1975 during a Church investigation into allegations of abuse by the dead priest.

The lawsuit in a Dublin court sparked renewed calls for Cardinal Brady to resign just over a year after he faced down the same demands when details of his role in that inquiry first emerged.

Mr Boland said he was plagued by guilt over his oath of silence when he heard Smyth (right) may have abused the victim for up to 20 years.

He said: “I am most disappointed that he [the Cardinal] has refused to publicly acknowledge and accept the failings of the Church in its handling of the circumstances giving rise to this case and to apologise,” he said.

Cardinal Brady has insisted an offer to meet Mr Boland to apologise still stands.

Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore said Cardinal Brady would continue to be an effective leader.

But Maeve Lewis, of the group One in Four, urged the Cardinal to rethink his refusal to resign.

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