The High Court in Dublin has reserved its decision on an application by a Catholic bishop to dismiss cases being taken against him by three victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.
The Bishop of Kilmore, Leo O’Reilly, is being sued as successor to the previous bishop, Francis McKiernan, as is Cardinal Sean Brady, formerly secretary to the bishop of Kilmore.
The victims accuse them of negligence.
They allege they did not take steps to prevent Smyth from abusing children.
Smyth abused children in the 1970s and the 1980s.
The victims said the churchmen did not report complaints made about Smyth in interviews conducted with two young boys in 1975.
One of the boys identified one of those taking the case as a victim of the priest during these interviews.
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