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Probe begins into paedophile priest

Failings that let paedophile priest Brendan Smyth abuse children for four decades will today be examined by a public inquiry.

Northern Ireland's Historical Abuse Inquiry (HIA) is holding a focused module into how Smyth got away with his crimes for so long.

Smyth, who was at the centre of one of the first clerical child sex abuse scandals to rock the Catholic Church in Ireland, was eventually convicted of more than 100 child abuse charges on both sides of the Irish border. He died in prison in 1997.