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Sam Smyth: Playboy priest was able to get away with murder

Sam Smyth

Published 25/08/2010 | 05:00

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman's report (above) reveals how Claudy bomber Fr Chesney (inset) was protected by the authorities and the church
The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman's report (above) reveals how Claudy bomber Fr Chesney (inset) was protected by the authorities and the church

THE story of the playboy priest with the matinee-idol good looks and the murderous secrets has never been fully explored or explained.

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A lot of people got away with murder in Northern Ireland. Few, however, managed to do so with the knowledge of so many in positions of authority.

Fr James Chesney died of cancer in 1980, eight years after his alleged central role in killing nine innocent civilians.

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