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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 the so called statutory fund.
 
 We were gagged, abused ,not believed, and humiliated all over again. 
The only people who gained anything out of our redress was our so called solicitors and barristers who represented us. for financial gain for themselves  
 
The motion below was passed in Dublin City Council at the Monthly Meeting (Feb 2012) 
 
I have a criminal record and thousands of victims have also.  We never received a personal apology that we were innocent  our names to be cleared.  We were babies. The people who did these horrific things to all of us never had and never will.  Where is the justice there Redress means making right the wrong's that was done. 

 Dublin City Council calls on the government to begin the process to expunge the criminal records of all individuals convicted and detained as minors within residential institutions as defined by the commission to inquire into child abuse in residential institutions and further, that it calls on the present
government to fast track the legislative framework. Thousands of children were criminalised by courts throughout the Republic of Ireland. In many cases these children had no legal representation and never received due process and were subsequently incarcerated for many years in what’s now known as Irelands Residential Institutions. In keeping with righting these grave injustices, I believe it is now time to begin the process of removing these child criminal records. This act would be a far more fitting tribute of acknowledgement of the wrongs and damage done to tens of thousands of Irish citizens than the proposed monument to ‘victims’ of residential institutional abuse as proposed by the present Government
I have attached for your attention what the Redress has paid out. Not to victims but the greedy representatives we asked and trusted to fight for justice for us  FROM 2002 to 2010 
Included are all the names of them and what they 
earned. MILLIONS
the money that was handed over by the religious orders was not shared to us The victims
.
 
 
The survivors of abuse at the hands of the church in State run schools are being silenced by the Redress Act. They were bullied into taking a pittance in compensation by greedy solicitors who earned millions while the survivors were required to sign away their right to any further action against the institutions in which they were held or against the State. Under the Constitution, Article 40.3 guarantees that the State by its laws will defend and vindicate the rights of the citizen. They have failed to do so and I believe this Act should be amended to allow survivors take further action and receive appropriate compensation. Failing this the Act itself should be challenged on the grounds that it is unconstitutional under Article 40.3 
 
In 2010, the then Government considered a range of demands for the Redress Scheme to be extended and for awards to be reviewed and decided not to revise the arrangements..
 
 By the end of May 2011, the Board had processed 14,592 of the 15,135 applications received. It had made 13,669 awards with an overall average award of €62,875. ............ An insult 
The Board had 543 applications to finalise and 567 late applications to consider accepting. The overall cost of the Redress Scheme is expected to be some €1.1 billion of the €1.36 billion total cost of the response to residential institutional child abuse and actual expenditure exceeded €1 billion at the end of 2010. I don't know where they are getting this information from . as that is what some solicitors received for some cases .

 
We have rights and I am willing to go all the way with this. 
 
Please give the above your urgent attention 
 
Your's Sincerely
 
Miriam Owens

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Comment by jack colleton on September 21, 2012 at 22:47

oh yes i know if anything just the usual having a laugh 3 line response

Comment by jack colleton on September 21, 2012 at 22:49

carry on regardless  .. we are who matter and get the change

Comment by jack colleton on September 21, 2012 at 22:52

political partys must be held to account and not just referring to doing time in opposition

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