A VICTIM of paedophile priest Father Brendan Smyth who suffered horrendous abuse when the notorious cleric visited South Belfast has predicted “the end is in sight” for Cardinal Sean Brady.
Well, pulpit-thumping priests may be less usual these days but there’s no shortage of finger-pointing columnists and editorial writers.
THE families of babies buried in the unmarked children’s plot to the rear of Milltown Cemetery have branded the Catholic Church “heartless” after they say they were ordered to remove the touching memorials they’ve put up to their little loved ones ahead of this year’s Cemetery Sunday.
Sometimes people prod my chest and say, “How is it you’re always on about southern politics? Why don’t you write about what’s going on up here instead?” Well, mainly because I don’t want to be an idiot, given that the word ‘idiot’ come from ‘idios’, meaning one’s own self, in a narrow, parochial sense. I believe that when I write about southern politics, I’m writing about what’s happening in another part of my country.
A WEST Belfast man subjected to a catalogue of abuse at the hands of a former St Paul’s curate saw his tormentor sentenced to four years in prison yesterday. Daniel John Curran appeared at Downpatrick Crown Court on Wednesday, February 29, after admitting to indecently assaulting two boys while they stayed with him at a cottage in Tyrella, County Down in the late-80s and early-90s.