Statement of Bishop Leo O’Reilly on judgement today in the High Court in Dublin
I note the decision of Mr Justice Kearns today in regard to the application of the Plaintiffs in their case for further compensation from the Bishop of Kilmore in addition to the compensation already received from the Norbertine Abbey, Kilnacrott in 1998 and 1999, for the injuries they suffered at the hands of the Norbertine priest, Father Brendan Smyth.
I acknowledge and I deeply regret the great suffering that all three plaintiffs endured at the hands of Father Smyth and I utterly condemn his actions and the betrayal of trust that they represent.
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