Cardinal Sean Brady has denied he will resign because of his involvement in church scandals under his watch.
"I have re-evaluated my position and I have decided to continue as the archbishop of Armagh," he said.
The Archbishop of Armangh who is Ireland’s senior clergyman told CNN that he has moved on.
"I've moved on there, I think, and I got a lot of support in my decision," he told CNN in a rare interview.
Brady took part in an internal church investigation into the worst pedophile of all, Father Brendan Smyth, in 1975, Even though he interviewed two child victims of Smyth who told him of horrific abuse, he swore them to secrecy and never went to the police.
Brady later apologized for his role in the Smyth investigation.
"I want to say to anyone who has been hurt by any failure on my part that I apologize to you with all my heart," he said at his home church, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.
Brady denied to CNN that many ordinary priest's were extremely critical of how the sex abuse scandal was handled.
Brady said: "I haven't met many of those priests, to be honest."
He also denied he was disappointed that Pope Benedict was not visiting Ireland durng his visit to Britain saying the Pope had shown his concern when he had sent a pastoral letter.
An Irish Times polls showed that over 80 per cent of Irish people believe the church did not do enough to stop pedophiles operating.