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Cardinal Brady meets with advisers amid growing pressure

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Cardinal Sean Brady is believed to have held meetings with his advisors last night, as pressure grows for his resignation.

Groups representing abuse survivors and a number of senior political figures have urged Cardinal Brady to consider his position, while the Taoiseach has said he should reflect on the allegations contained in a BBC documentary this week. 

It claimed that the Cardinal knew of children at risk of abuse by paedophile priest Fr. Brendan Smyth in the 1970's, but failed to pass on the information. 

Cardinal Brady has denied any wrongdoing, and has so far refused to step down. 

In the last hour the Catholic Communications Office has denied a report that the Cardinal offered to stand down two years ago, but that this was not accepted by the Vatican.