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The year 1975 is in the news as the year that Cardinal Sean Brady, then a Cavan school-master and canon lawyer, imposed a vow of secrecy on two children about their horrendous experiences of being raped by Norbertine monk, Brendan Smyth.

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With this damning piece of information, we can now see 1975 as the year when the hierarchy deliberately suppressed public knowledge of its priestly paedophilia from the corralled society it ruled over with breathtaking arrogance.

This cover-up was aided and abetted by the leading churchman of the day, Cardinal William Conway, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and was sanctioned 12 years before the bishops secretly took out insurance policies in 1987 to indemnify their dioceses in confidential settlement claims of victims of pervert clerics, and 18 years before Smyth was finally convicted.

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