Former Kilnacrott Abbey Priests criticised for child protection failures

The Norbertine Order, which was based at Kilnacrott Abbey in Cavan, has been criticised for its child protection safeguards.

The Order, which counted paedophile Father Brendan Smyth as one of its members, was referred to as “notorious for its mismanagement” of the Priest.

The audit, which was carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children, found failings in the Norbertine Order, the De La Salle Brothers and the Sisters of Nazareth’s protection of children.

The organisation looked at 103 concerns or allegations made against four Norbertine Priests, with one admitting to sexually abusing 13 children in Ireland and abroad – he served a prison sentence before being defrocked.

Kilnacrott Abbey in Ballyjamesduff was sold by the Order in 2012 to fund redress to victims of Father Brendan Smyth.