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John Cooney: Brady's plea signals his determination to stay

John Cooney

Published 18/03/2010 | 05:00

Cardinal Sean Brady shakes hands with a member of his congregation after St Patrick's Day Mass yesterday in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh
Cardinal Sean Brady shakes hands with a member of his congregation after St Patrick's Day Mass yesterday in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh

To applause from the packed congregation in St Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Brady asked for time to 'reflect' on his position

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'YOU are on the right road," the President of Ireland Mary McAleese told Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin on the steps of Dublin's Pro-Cathedral ahead of yesterday's St Patrick's Day Mass.

These six words of encouragement from the Head of State to the Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland was a sotto voce but warm-hearted and enthusiastic approval of Dr Martin's call for the full truth of the scale of clerical child abuse to come out.

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