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Memorial for the Victims of Institutional Abuse

A chairde,

Please find below a joint statement from Minister Quinn and Minister Hayes who today have announced the winner of a competition to provide a Memorial for the Victims of Institutional Abuse.

It is ironic that this announcement comes during the same week the Institutional Residential Redress Statutory Fund was passed by the Government despite the opposition of Sinn Féin and the rejection of our amendments that included:

1.        The establishment of separate Redress Boards for the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries and Bethany Home;

2.        An extension of educational supports for the children and grandchildren of survivors;

3.        The provision of assistance for survivors living outside the State who wish to return to Ireland to set-up home;

4.        A one off payment to survivors and a 6 month deadline from when the Fund is established for the Religious Orders to pay the outstanding money they owe to the fund and a 10% penalty to be levied on Religious Orders on the amount owed should they fail to meet this deadline.  

Yes we believe the State should remember the victims of institutional abuse but more fittingly, they should look after the survivors who are still living with the legacy of their time in these “care homes”.

Le meas,

Deputy Seán Crowe

For immediate release
20th July 2012
Ministers Quinn and Hayes announce winner of competition to provide a Memorial to the Victims of Institutional Abuse
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., and the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Brian Hayes T.D., today (Friday 20th July) announced the winner of a competition to provide a memorial to victims of institutional abuse as recommended in the Ryan Report and endorsed by Dáil Éireann.
Studio Negri and Hennessy & Associates have been awarded the commission for their entry Journey of Light.  
Announcing the winner, Minister Quinn said, “As a strong advocate for the memorial to the victims of institutional abuse, I am pleased to announce the winning entry for the competition today.
“The Jury’s recommendation follows months of deliberations and consultation, including with representatives of the survivors of institutional abuse and a public consultation process.
“I believe that the winning entry, Journey of Light, will act as a testimony to one of the darkest chapters in our State’s history and what we collectively as a society allowed to happen to vulnerable children.  I hope it will serve as a constant reminder that we must never let such horrendous crimes against children happen again and we must strive to protect all of our children,” said the Minister.
The Ryan Report recommended the erection of a Memorial to victims of institutional abuse and noted the importance of the State’s formal recognition of the abuse and suffering being preserved in a permanent place.  

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I have always said it. These IDIOTS do not, and have never listened to the Survivor, and never will. It would cost the State too much to deal with us in the way it should. We will never be listened to. They want to be rid of this Thorn in their sides now, once and for all. But the best way for us Survivors now, (IS TO BE A BIGGER THORN IN THEIR SIDES) and Not to let up. These Arse Holes, (Excuse the Pun) but that's how i feel, need to be reminded every day, of the way they handled this Rotten Affair. The Arse Holes that they are, and How Ashamed of themselves they should be. These Idiots, have NO BALLS.

Their intention from the very start always was, Trust Fund, and Fuck everyone. ROPSC, and Buckley always knew this. ROPSC knowing this, decided to fool Survivors by telling them, they were against this Fund, knowing only too well, the Government, was NOT going to back down, and then at the last minute made a feeble excuse to back this fund, and make up the most inexcusable pack of LIES to say to Survivors, that they were more or less, MISLED by previous statements. (What a shower of MUPPETS.)

We were Conned from the start by these Groups, and we are Still being Conned by them. When are Survivors going to wake up and see that these groups are , and never have been, doing anything for them. They are the very same as the Government, (BLOODY GANGSTERS) for Christ's sake, (WAKE UP.) How many times must we tell you?



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