Abuse campaigners "disappointed" as Cardinal Brady goes to vote for new Pope.

Christine Buckley, an Irish abuse survivor and founder of Dublin's Aislinn Centre, has said that she is "disappointed" that Cardinal Sean Brady will be present at next month's papal conclave.

Buckley had lodged the formal request with Cardinal Brady, the Irish Bishops' Conference, and the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin, as well as making a public request asking Cardinal Brady not to attend, urging that this would be seen as a gesture towards Irish people abuse at the hands of Catholic priests.

She has said that the decision to stay away from the papal conclave would be "a small token, but very welcome."

However, Cardinal Brady has confirmed he will attend, with a spokesperson said: "Cardinal Brady takes this opportunity to express once again his deep sorrow to all those who were abused as children, their families and to all people who feel rightly outraged and let down by the Catholic Church's failure of moral leadership and accountability."

Buckley said that she was not surprised at the Cardinal's decision.

Cardinal Brady also hit the news in 2010, when it was revealed that he had taken part in an internal Church legal process into the actions of Father Brendan Smyth in 1975. Smyth went onto abuse dozens of children before being brought to justice in 1994.