Cardinal Brady's duty in Smyth scandal
Almost two decades after playing a major role in the collapse of the 1993-4 Fianna Fail/Labour coalition, the crimes of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth continue to cast a long shadow over Irish life.
Now, not for the first time, Cardinal Sean Brady, the leader of Ireland's Catholics, finds himself forced to explain his role in the Church's investigation into Fr Smyth's crimes.
In 1975, the then Fr Sean Brady was called upon to assist in the investigation of allegations of sexual abuse made by several children against Fr Smyth. His role in the investigation was a relatively junior one. He first acted as a notetaker in the interview of one of Fr Smyth's victims and subsequently interviewed a second child who had been identified as a victim of Fr Smyth in the first interview.