Tuesday 22 August 2017

Did garda hush-up let evil priest off the hook?

The Finglas Episode, a chapter in the sordid life of Brendan Smyth, raises questions for the force

Notorious: Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth committed harrowing abuse Photo: Steve Humphreys
Notorious: Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth committed harrowing abuse Photo: Steve Humphreys
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The remit of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland did not extend across the Border. If it had, An Garda Siochana would almost certainly have come under scrutiny over suspicions that it covered up the crimes of notorious paedophile Brendan Smyth.

Sir Anthony Hart, the chair of the inquiry, called it 'The Finglas Episode'.

It refers to a time when Smyth apparently had a brush with the law in the north Dublin suburb three decades ago. However, his "crime" appears to have been hushed up so successfully that the reason why the paedophile came to the attention of Finglas garda station was never established by the inquiry.

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