The Shame of Ireland
Published: July 28, 2011
by TOM FOOT
A SURVIVOR of Irish convent abuse who set up a pioneering group to help victims living in London says she has been pushed out of her job because of her age.
Outreach worker Phyllis Morgan, 66, will leave the London Irish Centre at Camden Square tomorrow (Friday).
She has worked there for more than 10 years, running the London Irish Survivors Outreach Service and helping thousands of victims who were abused in religious convents as children. Ms Morgan said: “I love my work and I don’t see why I should have to leave because of my age. They are doing this before the law changes.”
New rules banning employers from firing staff because they have reached the retirement age comes into effect in October.
David Barlow, the Irish Centre’s new director, said its board had been in retirement talks with Ms Morgan for two years.
He told the New Journal that her contract had been temporarily extended when she reached 65 but that to comment further would break employment rules.
Mr Barlow stressed that the service was not closing and that board members had been in talks with Irish ministers this week about the continued funding of the project.
He added: “Services for victims of abuse will continue.
“The London Irish Centre takes its commitment to survivors very seriously.”
Ms Morgan was a victim of the physical and mental abuse suffered by tens of thousands of children placed in the care of Catholic religious orders.
At the age of three, she was separated from her mother and placed in the full-time care of nuns.
She told how she would eat pig food because it was better than what was offered to her. “We were treated worse than pigs,” she added.
Ms Morgan said she spent her entire childhood at three convents in the Dublin area, where she claims the nuns abused her.
“Children were placed in these convents for various reasons,” she said.
“They were all over Ireland and many fled to come here to Camden. The are all such a vulnerable group.
“They are not able to hold down jobs because they were so damaged – many were repeatedly raped.
“Many live in dire homes and we get them into better homes. We help them get compensation. We have made a difference to so many lives. It is unbelievable how busy we are.”
The last of the 132 convents of this kind was shut down in 1986. The Irish government issued guidance following an inquiry in 2009 that a state-funded support service should be provided for all victims.
The Camden-based survivors service is funded by Ireland’s Department of Education and costs around £94,000 a year.
for Paul: "I was advised at the Camden center for the reddress board. This left a bad taste in my mouth, ..."
why? because court is the place to sort case out?
The High Court is the place to get some kind of justice better still The European Court Of Human Rights. and don't use a Catholic Solicitor.
I totally agree ,these cases are so serious they should all have gone to the high court, Vulnerable survivors were bullied to go to the Redress Board. many were told going to the Courts would prove very expensive and could take years the Survivors would have to foot that Bill, not forgetting most survivors are not in good health, and are elderly based in many different countries in this world and were frightened about this , No matter how well or NOT survivors might have done in adult life they are still the Vulnerable Abused Survivors Strong Witnes'es to Horriffic Child Abuses ,The coverup has been cleverly engineered survivors who dared try to Talk found themselves isloated. Those Groups are just another willing part of the coverup after all it's their funding is important to them.
I would like to know HOW MUCH IS THE FUNDING THE CAMDEN IRISH CENTRE ARE GETTING OUT OF THE STATUARY TRUST FUND.
From what I have read above; the odds are 100 to 1 that there is a money angle connected to this story.... FOR THE DOUBTERS; All one would have to ask is.... IF David Barlow, The Board, The Counselors, The Staff and other supporters were all "VOLUNTEERS"; and Phyllis Morgan was offering her "retirement"? THEY WOULD BE KISSING HER ASS AND BEGGING HER TO STAY.... (I could just hear it) Oh Phillis, everybody loves and needs you so much WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT YOU?????? WHAT WOULD THOSE WHO NEED YOU SO MUCH DO???? PLEASE DON'T LEAVE THEM!!
Then of course we have that ROOT OF ALL EVIL "MONEY" FACTORED IN HERE........ AND THAT IS WHAT RULES 99.9% OF THE TIME; and my guess is that it has a 100% connection in this case!!
Phyllis is being thrown under the bus..... And David Barlow knows the TRUE reason why.. and who will benefit $?
Well Patrick it looks to me the only beneficiarys from the ststuary trust Fund will be >the labour party in Ireland and the UK , and of course those who work for the corrupt calling themselves group leaders.
Well Marie Auberton seen as you are offering can I have a flat in LONDON.