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PSNI says abuse allegations in BBC programme did not happen in North

BBC’s This World programme alleged that Cardinal Sean Brady had failed to protect children from abuse.

Cardinal Sean Brady (File photo)
Cardinal Sean Brady (File photo)
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THE PSNI HAS concluded its investigation into allegations made in a BBC programme broadcast last month, and said that the abuse alleged in the programme did not take place in Northern Ireland.

The BBC This World programme alleged that the primate of All-Ireland failed to protect children from the abuse of paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth.

It said that Brady had been given the names and addresses of boys being abused, but that he did not ensure their safety after acting as a notary during a 1975 inquiry carried out by the Catholic Church. Brady has since made a public apology to the victims.

The BBC reports today that the PSNI’s investigation has found that the sex abuse referred to in the programme did not take place in Northern Ireland. The PSNI has said that it continues to investigate 251 separate complaints which have been made to police, ranging from 40 years ago to five years ago.

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