Monday 19 February 2018

David Quinn: The church should resist mood for a wider inquiry

David Quinn

David Quinn

Consider please, the vagaries of journalism. It now transpires that in 1997, which is to say, 13 years ago, 'The Sunday Mirror' broke the story that Archbishop Sean Brady -- as he was then -- had dealings with the Fr Brendan Smyth case 22 years before.

Why didn't that story generate the same amount of outrage and publicity then, as it is doing now? Today, it is being treated as a stunning revelation, a bolt from the blue, an exclusive.

Journalists could have picked up that story back in 1997 had they wanted to, if they were in the mood. But they weren't. The reason they are in the mood now is because of ongoing anger following the publication of the Murphy report last November.

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