Belfast Telegraph

Priest abuse was hidden for 16 years

By Ed Carty

A cardinal, several bishops and gardai in the Republic faced criticism today over revelations a serial paedophile priest was free to abuse for 16 years.

A previously censored report revealed the Vatican wanted ‘Fr Filth’ Tony Walsh sent to a monastery for 10 years, while Dublin's Catholic hierarchy wanted him ordered out of the Church.

The state inquiry revealed the archdiocese was more concerned about a Garda investigation into Walsh than the gardai themselves.

It branded Walsh as probably the most notorious child sexual abuser to have come to its attention.

Officers had been alerted to the attacks as far back as 1991 but a investigation was effectively shelved because the Church was running its own inquiry.

His attacks date to the 1970s.

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