The Shame of Ireland

The Shame of Ireland

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Switzerland's shame

Thousands of people in Switzerland who were forced into child labour are demanding compensation for their stolen childhoods. Since the 1850s hundreds of thousands of Swiss children were taken from their parents and sent to farms to work - a practice that continued well into the 20th Century.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29765623

Added by Andrew Brennan on October 29, 2014 at 11:00 — 5 Comments

A True Reckoning

The Irish religious orders humiliations on little children and their Mums in the Institutions, is a long and sordid history. It has gone on since the birth of the nation. Their presumed moral authority has been a solid foundation for these kinds of abuses. And these Religious Orders thought they had the right to commit these abuses against the children. Because they were poor and their parent(s) had little education, some people in the government of this coutry – and that includes the…

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Added by Andrew Brennan on August 23, 2014 at 10:42 — 5 Comments

CASE OF D.G. v. IRELAND

CASE OF D.G. v. IRELAND

In the case of D.G. v. Ireland,

The European Court of Human Rights (Third Section), sitting as a Chamber composed of:

          Mr     G. Ress, President,

          Mr     I. Cabral Barreto,

          Mr     L.…

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Added by Andrew Brennan on October 17, 2012 at 11:38 — No Comments

40 Things You May Not Know

40 STRANGE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW



1. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.



2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.



3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.



4. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.



5. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a "tittle". …

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Added by Andrew Brennan on March 13, 2012 at 13:29 — 1 Comment

The Virgin Mary Gets A Pregnancy Kit

The Virgin Mary is pregnant and it’s an unpleasant — even shocking — surprise.

At least that’s how she is depicted in a controversial new billboard erected Tuesday by St. Matthew-in-the-City, an Anglican church in Auckland, N.Z.  Swathed in blue, green and red robes, a shocked Mary clasps her hand over her mouth while looking at a pregnancy test.

“Regardless of any premonition, that discovery (of being pregnant) would have been shocking,” vicar Glynn Cardy and associate priest…

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Added by Andrew Brennan on December 22, 2011 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Remember the lost and the lonely this Christmas day - and every other day.

All that glitters is not gold

Behind all the glitter, the flashing neon and the mood music there are many people outcast from society - cast into the shadow by a shamed system.  Many who went through the Industrial Schools system ended up on the streets; many of them lived…

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Added by Andrew Brennan on December 14, 2011 at 10:51 — 1 Comment

Astonishing Interview by Victim of Smyth AND Brady

Survivor of Fr. Brendan Smyth outlines case against Brady - Brady spent 14 years putting obstacles in his way.

INTERVIEW

Added by Andrew Brennan on December 4, 2011 at 21:04 — 6 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…

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

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

Nuns Stores



From the record of Dail Eireann

 

Maureen O’Connell, a deputy of the…

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Added by Andrew Brennan on January 16, 2011 at 13:05 — 6 Comments

Ireland's Human Rights Record under Scrutiny in October 2011 - Have YOUR Say

Human Rights Commission

 

Ireland has committed itself to promoting and protecting human rights. The Irish Government must report on a regular basis to the United Nations (UN) on the extent to which it is meeting these obligations. In October 2011, Ireland will be examined by the UN under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Under this new and innovative review process:



* Ireland will report on its…

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Added by Andrew Brennan on December 21, 2010 at 16:25 — 8 Comments

A Letter Which Made Liars of the Sisters of Mercy

DAMNING letters from the Department of Education setting out the serious neglect of children at Newtownforbes industrial school, Co Longford,were presented to the Commission on Child Abuse. The letters catalogued attempts by the Department to improve conditions at the school. Sr Margaret Casey, leader of the western province of the Mercy Sisters, testified to the Child Abuse Commission and admitted that many of the children found their time at the school to be "harsh, impersonal, abusive… Continue

Added by Andrew Brennan on December 4, 2010 at 11:09 — 1 Comment

Rite & Reason - Irish Times 2005

Bear in mind this was written in 2005 - before the publication of the Ryan Report.

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Kicking the church more fun than facing real problems

Rite and Reason:

Is it not strange that we are devoting so much energy to inquiring into the abuse of children half a century ago when there is so much that is…
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Added by Andrew Brennan on November 24, 2010 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

De Valera Incarcerated Children of anti-Nazi Fighters

THOUSANDS OF MEN deserted the Irish Defence Forces during the Second World War to fight with the British armed forces. Some did so because of their feelings about fascism, some because they were bored, others for better pay. When those who surivived the war came home they found that, as well as dismissing them from the Defence Forces, Éamon de Valera’s government had, more damagingly, blacklisted them from all state jobs. [… Continue

Added by Andrew Brennan on November 16, 2010 at 15:44 — 11 Comments

Charlie 'The Hare' Maguire is Dead

Charlie 'The Hare' Maguire was one of the dwindling number of survivors from Ireland’s gulag of the 1940s – the industrial school system. A powerless man seemingly perceived as a rural outsider, he spent nearly two-thirds of his life in the custody of the State, and died after nearly half a century as a patient in St Davnet’s hospital in Monaghan.

Charlie Maguire was born in 1933 on a small farm at Knockroe, near the Co Cavan…

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Added by Andrew Brennan on October 23, 2010 at 15:27 — 4 Comments

Kick Archbishop McQuaid

There's a 20 second ad ... before you get a chance to kick McQuaid.



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Added by Andrew Brennan on October 18, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Is Archbishop Diarmuid Martin a 'Good Guy'?

He seems to have tackled the issue of child abuse in the diocese head on ... he seems more transparent and approachable. More humane in other words.



On the other hand he hasn't demanded that his predecessor be arrested for the conspiracy that enabled the cover-up! Sure he has demanded that bishops, who were found at fault in the Murphy Report, should resign - but he has no problem sitting down with Drennan - nor it appears has he any problem (publicly) with Cardinal Brady. Brady is… Continue

Added by Andrew Brennan on October 18, 2010 at 15:52 — No Comments

Ratzinger faces €9bn tax bill - not for child abuse cover-up though!



NINE BILLION euros worth of tax breaks enjoyed by the Catholic Church in Italy could be in breach of European law and may have to be repaid, it has emerged.



The development is the latest blow to an institution that has been rocked by an annus horribilis, following the global clerical paedophilia scandal and investigations into money laundering. The European Commission (EC) has said that tax relief on 100,000 Italian properties claimed by the Holy See since 2005 was under the… Continue

Added by Andrew Brennan on October 14, 2010 at 10:33 — 1 Comment

Some Autumn Day:- 1964 maybe

Some Autumn Day:-



It was the time of the year when we'd be off picking the spuds and other "edible" stuff weaing our boots with leather laces, no "wet weather gear" I 'm afraid Fr. O'Reilly - a priest at the Commission seems to have been under the impression that in the Industrial Schools we had clothes for all seasons!



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Added by Andrew Brennan on October 11, 2010 at 21:04 — 1 Comment

Name Your Abuser

I was abused by a few of the black-garbed monsters. One guy in particular was a voracious scumbag.
It was in Ferryhouse.
The year was 1967.
The month was March.
My abuser was a Brother of the Rosminian Order.

His name: Br. O'Hanlon.

Added by Andrew Brennan on September 22, 2010 at 20:20 — 1 Comment

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