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The Shame of Ireland

Mary Raftery Funeral.

 

I noticed that at the funeral of the late Mary Raftery, a person who did so much for Survivors, and their plight in bringing all these atrocities  to the forefront, that there was a very conspicious absence of certain groups from her funeral.

 

You would think that all groups would do the right thing in paying their last respects to this Great lady, who did so much for the recognition for Survivors.

 

I suppose the Board of Directors, and the Outreach Officers on salaries were far too busy  counting their money, that they had no time, or just plainly could not be bothered to attending this funeral in Dublin.

 

Mary Raftery was the greatest advocate for survivors of the industrial schools, and ROP/SC could not be bothered to honour her death. What an utter disgrace.

 

There was also a very noticeable absence from the Leader of The Aisling Center in Dublin, Christine Buckley. Very Very bad taste indeed.

 

Without Mary Raftery campaigning effortlessly for survivors, and bringing our stories into the public domain as a Journalist, we would never have been recognised as survivors of abuse.

 

The following were in attendance at the funeral.

 

Paddy Doyle

Michael O Brien

Victor Hackett

John Kelly

Christopher Heaphy

Peter Townsend

Tom Hayes.

 

And this is to mention but a few.

 

But. Without the journalistic skills of Mary Raftery, survivors would never have got recognition, or Redress.

 

We all owe her a great debt of gratitude. May She rest in Peace.

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Glad to see the Respect afforded by Prominent People in the Cause for Justice for Survivors.

I am glad that respect was shown but now perhaps in memory of her efforts to protect children from blind trust in anybody at all. even if the perents trust someone doesnt make that person trustworthy.in cases where the perents are scared of someone for whatever reason its up to society to look into the situation many of the irish are frightened of stepping out and saying this person priest nun or teacher is an abuser. this protects them and it goes on from generation to generation.its all over the Catholic countrys. why!!!!.

I wish we all could have attened Mary's funeral such a great lady.Rest in peace Mary your work is done.

It was God Bless her Mary Raftery who brought the shocking Abuse of children incarcerated in Ireland's Industrial Schools to the World's attention , NOT Mrs Buckley.The big'st mistake was returning for the first time to Dublin after 40 years only to be Abused ,shouted at, and Ignored by those who are proped up by the Millions of Euros from the Government in the pretence they run services for survivors.It left me to Frightened to ever return to Mt Own Homeland.AND I MEAN THAT.

why was it if say one of our children applied to the Dept of Edication for SAY driving lessons , Survivors Family's who live abroad  TRY'D ? to apply to the Dept of Education who   sent a form back to fill in they mention on the form about the Redress Board. I thought that was suppose to be Confidential and private. It was Not , + they want to know every detail about your life and your families life , when they Know full well who the real survivors are ,Why was Mrs Buckley allowed into the building she had NO right to be there ,as many survivors had just returned to Dublin from Abroad for the first time since they escaped from the horrific dark memories In Ireland of their childhoods ,One Vulnerable very sick Survivor who spent their childhood in Goldenbridge just flew over to Dublin  a long Flight for her after many years for the hearing on arrival  at the redress board was confronted by Mrs Buckley  who was in the building that was supposed to be secure and private Mrs  Buckley started shouting  at her which really traumatised and upset the very sick  survivor who had NOT had any form of comunication NOR seen Mrs Buckley since the returning Survivor was in Goldenbridge Industrial school. That is Disgusting , The Solicitors said they couldn't stop her being in the building , WHY NOT. could it be Buckley had survivors NAMES on her list to use to keep recieving The Millions she recieves  in Funding . Why Has  Noone  wondered why noone has heard names of any other survivors who were in detention in Goldenbridge when it was an Industrial Reformatory School up until 1963,  A Lot of bullying has been allowed toward survivors who dare  try to tell what it was really like in those places. The Government insist on continueing giving those Group Leaders >they call themselves) Millions.  Could it be those groups help the Government and Religious to HIDE the truly shocking Abuse of Babies and Children In Ireland;s Dark Past.  INSTEAD OF PAYING DECENT COMPANSATION TO INDIVDUAL SURVIVORS THEMSELVES ,Who mainly live in many different countries  and have no contact with Ireland  But by the Government continueing surporting  with Huge funds those Groups in Ireland >They are letting THE PAST TAKE PLACE OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE. NOONE CAN MOVE ON.

You are so right indeed Geraldine. i don't know a lot about Christine Buckley, or her group. They all seem to keep a very very low profile. That was an awful way to confront that Survivor you speak about. I believe Mrs Buckley is Not a very nice person in reality. A lot of Survivors of Goldenbridge speak of her on the sites, and i have not met anyone as yet who has anything nice to say about her.

Unfortunately the government do NOT listen to the Survivor, only to the groups who Claim to represent Survivors. How wrong they are. I think they have a hidden agenda myself personally.

They give these groups millions, seemingly without ANY accountability. How weird is that. No one seems to give a damn. These groups now are getting their say in for funding from the New Statutory Fund, as far as i can see to continue living the lifestyles they have become so accustomed to, and nothing else.

We all need to send our complaints to the people who fund these Parasites, as you may be well assured, the groups will NOT tell them. 

When anyone sends an article to a site, like this one, also send the same complaint to the HSE, and Inundate them with what is happening, and MAKE them listen. It's the only way, believe me.

Good luck Geraldine.

You are so right indeed Geraldine. i don't know a lot about Christine Buckley, or her group. They all seem to keep a very very low profile. That was an awful way to confront that Survivor you speak about. I believe Mrs Buckley is Not a very nice person in reality. A lot of Survivors of Goldenbridge speak of her on the sites, and i have not met anyone as yet who has anything nice to say about her.

Unfortunately the government do NOT listen to the Survivor, only to the groups who Claim to represent Survivors. How wrong they are. I think they have a hidden agenda myself personally.

They give these groups millions, seemingly without ANY accountability. How weird is that. No one seems to give a damn. These groups now are getting their say in for funding from the New Statutory Fund, as far as i can see to continue living the lifestyles they have become so accustomed to, and nothing else.

We all need to send our complaints to the people who fund these Parasites, as you may be well assured, the groups will NOT tell them. 

When anyone sends an article to a site, like this one, also send the same complaint to the HSE, and Inundate them with what is happening, and MAKE them listen. It's the only way, believe me.

Good luck Geraldine.

Thanks Maurice. I was told by a person who was in an Industrial hell Hole that she was in the Aislinn at the time I just made a visit to Dublin ,word must have travelled fast I was about somewhere , This Survivor told me that Mrs Buckley told them if they see me NOT to have anything to do with me That I was Trouble ,  I WONDER WHY? seen as I have never used the Aislinn.but she knows who I am. I am the one or one of us survivors who have never been allowed a voice.

I only found out a few years ago that this great lady  who tried so hard to help the survivors had died. She was the most genuine person and was really there for us.  I salute you Mary Raftery and thank you so much for exposing this horrendous crime committed by the church and state.  I wish you were still with us Mary and may you rest in peace dearest Mary.

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