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Will All this Disappear FOREVER???

On the 18th of August 2020 I paid £100 towards keeping the website up and running.

I was going to let it lapse and then it would have disappeared, but I thought better of it!

So what do we do with it?

What direction does it take?…


Added by Rob Northall on September 2, 2020 at 13:00 — 23 Comments

First draft of our group application to the human rights commission

Be sure to take the time to read this fully and understand the document, i have included what we as a group have discussed both on the forum and via private messages, remember a survivors right to privacy is paramount so if you dont feel comfortable putting your full name to it that is fine it is being sent on behalf of all members here and for survivors everywhere. Be sure to comment if you would like to add anything to the document or you have any issue with its content.…


Added by micheal on May 30, 2016 at 10:17 — 139 Comments

Pensions for survivors

Hi Friends

Like you I too am a survivor of sexual abuse while in the care of the state. Today I have been left disabled with many medical problems from an abusive childhood back in Ireland. Many of us have been left with nothing but disability benefits from the abuse we suffered in Ireland. I myself have had to go on disability benefit because I had no medical coverage here in America. I live on less than five hundred dollars per month which does not cover my bills. I received…


Added by Ken Doyle on October 24, 2015 at 2:30 — 59 Comments

Caranua (NOT)

I have today written to Clare daly 

Hi Clare we cannot find any way to get attention of the corruption of Caranua 
they claim to hav spent 7 million but no one seems to know on what as most of the survivors have got very little and I had been waiting now a year only to be told that I…

Added by siobhan thulin on January 20, 2015 at 19:48 — 16 Comments

Caranua's List of Industrial Schools - Ireland - Where are the Lists of the children who died in those Church/State Controlled "prisons"?

The following list of Industrials Schools and Orphanages are on the CARANUA information Page - St John's Industrial School for Girls in Birr Co Offaly - is the small cross and grave in Clonoghil Cemetary Birr Co Offaly - inscribed "Orphans of St John's" - a mass grave - how many little children are buried there - and how did they die - Remember worldwide friends that the following Institutions were mentioned in the Ryan Report on torture, rape, starvation and…

Added by Teri on July 6, 2015 at 12:50 — 12 Comments

Forced Vaccine Trials in Irish Mother and Baby Homes

Having looked into Irish Mother and Baby homes we know that the treatment of the mothers and children kept there was sub-standard, to put it mildly. Women and girls were kept against their will, had their names changed in the home, often had their hair cut, were given no pain relief during labour and had their children taken away from them. Children in Mother and Baby homes had a mortality rate that was up to five times higher than that in the general population. We know there were…


Added by Jen Dalton on July 8, 2014 at 13:38 — 79 Comments

Holocaust Count to Exclude Industrial Schools

For those of you who have been following the Horrific Exposure of the 796 Dead Babies in Tuam

This News Story may be of Interest?

Mother-and-baby inquiry 'should cover other institutions'

Government urged to uphold UN Human Rights principles and rulings of European Court

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: announced establishment of Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes last week. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: announced establishment of Commission of Investigation into mother…


Added by Rob Northall on June 15, 2014 at 16:27 — 6 Comments

Why the delays in the Statutory Trust Fund? Maybe its because the board is still not constituted as prescribed by Law!!

Martin Power recently resigned from the Board and David Lane has taken the place left by him.

The board is still not constituted as prescribed by Law!!

NOW Paddy Doyle has resigned from the Statutory Trust Fund Board.

Added by Rob Northall on October 4, 2013 at 11:48 — 3 Comments

Business is "Business" and Personal is "Personal"

It would be long before I was born that my Grandfather sat in a Pub in the Rhondda Valleys trying to have a quiet pint after a long hard shift at the Coal Face, for he like most of the working men of his village was a Collier.


The Pub was full of the hum of conversation about the long day underground, when my Grandfather said in his deep gruff voice “There’s lots of Coal being dug tonight Lads”


The Pub fell into an uneasy silence for one or two minutes…


Added by Rob Northall on October 16, 2013 at 20:25 — 23 Comments

Is the "God Squad" Really Gone?

It would appear that Paddy Doyle has removed his well respected an well loved website "The God Squad"

This is the Link to the God Squad

I hope this is a temporary hitch? as there is so much there that means so much to many Survivors!



Added by Rob Northall on June 30, 2013 at 15:00 — 71 Comments

a letter I wrote to a few people in the media and the Government

for the attention of Gerry Finn
Legal advisor
Good morning.
My name is Miriam Moriarty Owens and a survivor of institutional abuse. But as the years have past my past and so many more
 innocent victims of crimes against humanity have left us with nothing only nightmares  
Our past's have come back to haunt us  No one cares 
But how can we move on The way the redress board treated us and now…

Added by Miriam Moriarty owens on August 30, 2012 at 1:25 — 13 Comments

Vatican pledges to provide UN with report on its treatment of children, but 14 years late

By Daily Mail Reporter

Delayed: Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said the report into the Vatican's treatment of children will be released in the autumn

A report into the Vatican's treatment of children will be presented to the United Nations this autumn - 14 years later than originally planned.

The Holy See was supposed to submit a progress report on the…


Added by Rob Northall on August 9, 2011 at 17:09 — No Comments


I'm looking for a DVD copy of an RTàdocumentary entitled "States of Fear" by Mary Raferty.  Can anyone help?



Added by Rev. Kobutsu Malone on August 2, 2011 at 17:38 — 4 Comments

Secret Meeting between the Minister of Education and Skills and Survivors "Leaders"

I have been email a link to this Report of the Meeting with the Minister for Education and Skills


 Meeting with Minister re: Statutory Trust Fund

The opening segment of the meeting was an address by Minister Quinn, to all in attendance, which you can read a copy of this here.

After this it…


Added by Rob Northall on July 31, 2011 at 12:00 — 7 Comments

Welcome Home Bishop Magee. While you were away ....

.. the Main f

indings from the Commission of Investigation into your Diocese are as follows:

YOU misled a previous inquiry and gave a false account of how YOU were handling allegations

Between 1996 and 2005, YOUR diocese failed to report nine out of 15 complaints made against priests, which ‘very clearly should have been reported. The most serious lapse was the failure to report the two cases in which the alleged victims were minors at the time the complaint was…


Added by Andrew Brennan on August 20, 2011 at 22:30 — 4 Comments

Enda Kenny's Speech Criticising the Vatican

I move the motion.

The revelations of the Cloyne report have brought the Government, Irish  Catholics and the Vatican to an unprecedented juncture.

It’s fair to say that after the Ryan and Murphy Reports Ireland is, perhaps, unshockable when it comes to the abuse of children.

But Cloyne has proved to be of a different order.

Because for the first time in Ireland, a report into child sexual-abuse exposes an attempt by the Holy See, to frustrate an Inquiry in a…


Added by Rob Northall on July 24, 2011 at 14:14 — 6 Comments

The Magdalene women

IN JUNE 2009, just over a month after publication of the Ryan report, Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly spoke candidly about 20th century Irish society. “If things were hidden, they were hidden in clear sight, the crocodile lines of boys and girls that streamed out of the institutions, the certain knowledge that corporal punishment at the very least was practised therein, the incarcerated Magdalene women in their Madonna blues and whites who walked the open streets of towns and villages in church…


Added by Rob Northall on June 17, 2011 at 11:00 — 9 Comments

Diocese of Cloyne

 A meticulously maintained secret archive on abuse allegations against clerics in the Diocese of Cloyne is sure to be a major part of the (soon to be published) report into the diocese of Cloyne.


The archive apparently contains stunning data on abuse allegations dating over several years, related correspondence, clerical responses and the diocesan handling of the…


Added by Andrew Brennan on April 15, 2011 at 21:00 — 9 Comments

Forgotten Victims.

To all those Victims of Industrial Schools who died forgotten before the word SORRY was whispherd  behind closed doors not in the wind so we all might hear,  you have not been forgotten. Trying to seek Justice from those who Abused us and are still abusing us is a long cold cruel road where coruption Greed by dictators who insist they know what is right for us when they really mean WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THEM, Thats why they insist on the STATUARY TRUST FUND They know we the real survivors will… Continue

Added by Geraldine ,O on April 16, 2011 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Catholic institutions still owe the State hundreds of millions of euro in contributions that were promised after the church abuse scandals.


Catholic institutions still owe the State hundreds of millions of euro in contributions that were promised after the church abuse scandals, according to new figures obtained by the Labour party.

The figures show that out of €348m pledged last year in cash and property after the Ryan report, just 6% has been handed over. No property has been transferred.

More than €26m is still outstanding from the original Indemnity Deal.

Under that deal, negotiated in 2002, the…


Added by Rob Northall on December 18, 2010 at 0:16 — 5 Comments


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