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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 no education as a child growing up in Tullamore. We do not deserve this. We have been left disabled because of the Irish governments failure to protect the child's right to safety. Every Irish survivor of these schools should be receiving some form of pension so as at least they can put food on their tables. They are the ones who left us disabled and they should be covering our disability. I think if enough of us contact all TDs in Ireland and tell them that we all deserve pensions if we have been left disabled . Like I said if it was only enough to cover your food shopping every week it would be something. Today when this crossed my mind I decided to start off my emails. I sent my first email to Finian Mc Grath (IND)  . Please follow suit and send him an email and ask him to bring it up on the Dail floor. If enough of us write emails we can get support from a few TDs who have spoken out for survivors in the past. You can email Finian at

finian.McGrath@oireachtas.ie        Please let us know what kind of response you get back from him.

                                                                                                Thank you      Ken Doyle

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Comment by Rob Northall on June 27, 2016 at 21:00
If survivors here want this Pension then we need a Membership BIG enough to STOP Survivors Groups from Water it Down and Stealing the Negotiations
Comment by Julia Sinclair on June 27, 2016 at 21:09

This would be heaven if you could make it happen.  Ease a lot of our minds and worries about living and always worrying how to survive.

Comment by micheal on June 27, 2016 at 21:23

I think thats where legal protection for survivors comes in to it it gives us a much bigger voice so i would not be worried about the certain people who will melt in to the background once a large spotlight is being turned on them for being a party to the human rights abuses of both the redress system and caranua. Michael

Comment by jack colleton on June 27, 2016 at 21:28

Fair Comment.

Comment by Marylou on June 28, 2016 at 10:13

Great idea

Comment by micheal on June 28, 2016 at 10:29

we are also fighing for survivors human rights, legal protection in law, survivors kids to access funds, and survivors that have been messed about by caranua, so lets not be getting ahead of ourselves. Its a good idea once the above has been complete.

Comment by Marylou on June 28, 2016 at 10:48

I think it’s great that survivors can express themselves on this site and that they have a voice, please god we will all get justice thank you all for your efforts 

Comment by micheal on June 28, 2016 at 10:56

What i would like to know is who is paying for the appeals officers and staff, if its the gov surely that is a conflict of interest, it is based in the dept of edu along with caranua how could there not be any type of vested interest here, at the very least it is hard to see how this could be seen as being in survivors best interests. Michael

Comment by micheal on June 28, 2016 at 11:01

Something a good friend of mine told me, One never knows what’s going to happen from the seeds scattered in various places but the point is to keep sowing, keep watering and keep looking over the furrows in the field of your work. One day we may be surprised by the return we never expected.

Comment by Marylou on June 28, 2016 at 11:10

Great point Micheal i suppose we wouldn't be told that, i have limited knowledge in areas like that, so it is great that survivors have that kind of intellect and are able to challenge things, also love your friend quote 

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