Survivor of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth speaks out following his inclusion in memorial book in Down

A survivor of the notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth has spoken out following his inclusion in a memorial book in a Co. Down church.

Brendan Smyth, who was buried in Kilnacrott Abbey in Cavan, committed dozens of offences against children over 40 years, and died in 1997 in prison just a month into a 12 year sentence.

His anniversary was the 22nd of August, and Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Newcastle included this in their daily listings over a week ago.

Victims groups, including Survivors North West, spoke out in opposition to the listing, which has led to parish priest Jim Crudden removing it from the book.

However, Lorreto Martin, one of his victims responsible for having the title ‘Reverend’ removed from his headstone, has said it isn’t the memorial that is difficult to deal with.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show this morning she said she doesn’t judge anyone for who they choose to pray for but it is the continued publication of his picture that hampers her ability to move on from the abuse she suffered: