Saturday 23 September 2017

Abuse victim's legal case dragging on for 13 years

Cardinal Brady has been fighting one of the longest-running claims in the history of the law courts, writes Jim Cusack

CARDINAL'S SIN: Catholic Primate Sean Brady after a recent press conference in Rome
CARDINAL'S SIN: Catholic Primate Sean Brady after a recent press conference in Rome
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

CARDINAL Brady has been fighting a compensation case brought by one of Brendan Smyth's victims since 1997, the year after he became Catholic Primate of All Ireland.

The victim was raped and brutalised by Smyth for five years between 1970 and 1975 when she was a girl, court documents state. She never made any complaint at the time, out of fear. She subsequently emigrated but continued to suffer severe mental distress and physical disorders throughout her life, including the 13 years that her case has been stalled in the High Court.

This is the case that led to the emergence of the cardinal's involvement in the silencing of the two boy victims in 1975, revealed in last week's Sunday Independent.

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