Monday 16 December 2019

Mother of Irish nanny tells of devastation at baby death accusations

Aisling McCarthy Brady
Aisling McCarthy Brady
the house in Quincy, near Boston, where Aisling McCarthy Brady lives

Greg Harkin

THE mother of Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady is ‘devastated’ by the baby death charges facing her daughter in America, her priest has said.

Father Kevin Fay, the curate at the Brady family’s church at St Dympna’s in Lavey, Co Cavan, said the entire community was in total shock.

He said he has spoken to Ms McCarthy Brady’s mother Margaret.

“I have been in contact with the family and they are devastated by the news as any family would be,” said the local priest.

He said there were concerns in the rural community Aisling left a decade ago that she may not get a fair trial.

“We’re afraid of that. She’s a girl on American soil and we are all slightly nervous of a situation like that,” said Father Fay.

“The Bradys are a very well respected family in the area. They are very decent people,” he told Northern Sound.

“Margaret lost her husband Aidan a number of years ago and a son before that.

“The Bradys are very good mass-goers and would be very well respected in the area and are very good neighbours.”

He said he hadn’t asked Mrs Brady if she had spoken to her daughter.

“I didn’t ask her that. I was just concerned about her own well being as anyone would be as are the people of Lavey.

“She is fine but like any mother when she would hear news like that, naturally enough she is very very upset and annoyed.

“We need to give the family time and respect. The media were down very quickly and that’s what you would expect.

“You can imagine any mother; naturally enough you would be distraught.”

Father Fay said local people had a ‘great understanding’.

“The nature of the allegations are quite strong so people are very, very worried,” said the priest.

“People have known Aisling when she was growing up. I didn’t know her myself but people say she was a lovely pleasant girl.”

The family priest said he was concerned at how the case was being portrayed and although he didn't name Sean Quinn and his family, he made reference to recent media coverage.

“As you well know, how many people have been demonised even in our own county and neighbouring county for the past while in the press? That’s a sad fact,” said Father Fay.

Curtains were drawn at the Brady family home a mile from Father Fay’s chapel yesterday.

“You won’t get a word out of anyone around here,” said one local man.

“No-one is giving the girl a chance. Let’s wait and see what happens,” he added.

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