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Almost 2 Year on and the Blind Rhetoric Resounds Like a Cracked Bell

The day in quotes ...

Friday June 12 2009

  • "What it (Ryan Report) has revealed must be a source of the deepest shame to all of us ... Children in the care of the state and in our care were physically, emotionally and, in many cases, sexually abused and our State and its systems failed to hear their cries or come to their help." --Taoiseach Brian Cowen


  • "Let us not hide behind euphemisms. This was not just failure to protect. This was torture, pure and simple."-- Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny


  • "It is fair to say that the sordid saga of the systematic abuse and neglect of children who were handed over by the State into the custody of religious institutions shocked Irish society to its very core." -- Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore


  • "Religious orders, the Catholic Church hierarchy, successive Governments and the Department of Education stand indicted for the torture and murder of children and for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice." -- Sinn Fein's Caoimhghin O Caolain


  • "The content of the Ryan report. . . challenges our beliefs and our views of history. It forces us to rethink our relationship with the church and our relationship with the State. It should make us humble and it should remind us of our awesome responsibility to discharge duties to the children of the State." -- Green Party backbencher Ciaran Cuffe


  • "As a teacher of history, I taught about the reign of terror, the Holocaust and the killing fields of Cambodia. Now the history books will include chapters on our reign of terror which was the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children." -- Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan


  • "To read of a child thrown over a banister of a long stairs because she innocently ate a sweet before Holy Communion, of another dressed only in underwear sprayed down with a fire hose outside during the middle of winter and another little boy forced to eat his own excrement because he had soiled himself, is more than any person can bear." -- Fine Gael education spokesman Brian Hayes


  • "Either officials in the department are members of secret societies such as the Knights of St Columbanus and Opus Dei and have taken it upon themselves to protect the interests of these clerical orders. . . or, alternatively, the minister is politically incompetent and incapable of managing the Department of Education." -- Labour Party education spokesman Ruairi Quinn


  • "I recognise that religious congregations have done a great deal for the people of Ireland over the years, but this does not mean that their members have more rights than other citizens. It does not make criminals who cloak themselves in a religious mantle immune to justice." -- Fine Gael justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan
  • "It is also simply despicable to suggest that those who wish to go beyond the necessary apology, who seek redress, compensation or justice are, as former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern put it recently, indulging in activity that is anti-catholic." -- Labour TD Michael D Higgins


  • "For all, there is the dawning realisation that nobody came to the rescue of these children." -- junior Education Minister Sean Haughey


  • "It was an accepted belief in ordinary Catholic schools that children had to be punished. However, this reached its extremes in the institutions where children had nobody to protect them. . . the protectors became the persecutors." -- Fianna Fail backbencher Beverley Flynn

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Comment by Rob Northall on March 6, 2011 at 14:18

Where are these “Good” People now?

What have they “Achieved” in Relation to what they Said?

They need Reminding of what They Said and to be Asked What they can Do?

Comment by Rob Northall on March 6, 2011 at 17:39

I have just sent the Message bellow to ALL the Labour TD’s



Subject: - Your Pre Election Promise


I am writing to inform you of the Labour Party's promise by Mr. Michael Mc Loughlin, Labour Queries Team, to revisit the many concerns and issues they have received over several years from survivors at home and abroad in relation to the State and the Religious Orders, the Redress Board, the Ryan Commission, Solicitors, the Vaccine Trials, the Education Finance Board and many other departments.


We also look forward to the Labour Party's promise by the forementioned to revisit the Proposed Institutional Child Abuse Bill 2009 and also the

Proposed Statutory Trust Fund because it's quite clear that the majority of survivors are against it in its present form.


Yours sincerely,


Rob Northall


I would like to say a BIG
To Albert King for Securing this Promise!
Comment by Kathleen O'Malley. on March 6, 2011 at 18:01


I also had a reply agreeing that the "Statutory Fund" would be on the agenda.  I do hope this happens immenently as we want action now and not just idle promises.  We also THE CRIMINAL RECORDS IMMPOSED UPON US AS INNOCENT CHILDREN EXPUNGED.

Kathleen O'Malley.  "Childhood Interrupted".

Comment by pauline jackson on March 6, 2011 at 18:25
Many of us live abroad. if i could have a way of living in two rooms instead of one it would make a lot of difference to me as i could invite my closest family to come and visit me . how many survivers have teeth that need changing every so often. if we had a bit of independence we can decide for ourselves.our needs are practacle. i dont think that anyone needs ameture doctors or pys. we have the same everyday problems in life as others aside from the fact that we have been damaged enough by the way things have been going on about us all but without us having any say. i do hope that something is done about all this as its criminal to drag out things in this way.its compensation that was promised not nannies
Comment by Rob Northall on March 6, 2011 at 19:20

Sorry Pauline but this is going to take some time?

When I have time I wil try and find out where those "Named" above are and their current email addresses? (Unless someone else would like to do the Searching?)

Then they can be Challenged? Assuming they will reply?

Comment by Kathleen O'Malley. on March 6, 2011 at 20:24

I was concerned that Paddy knew about the "Washing Of Feet"in its infancy stage and yet choose not to notify us.  This secrecy must stop if we are to achieve any goals.  I have directed this question to Paddy and he has not responded.  However Marie also mention  it in her comment to me.

We must have openess in who ever  represents us.

Kathleen O'Malley.  "Childhood Interrupted".

Comment by Kathleen O'Malley. on March 6, 2011 at 20:26

Lots of words above, let us hope the Labour Party keep their promise.

We shall be observing closely.

Kathleen O'Malley. "Childhood Interrupted"

Comment by pauline jackson on March 6, 2011 at 21:57
paddy told us as soon as he knew about the fact that it was to be carried out you know kathleen paddy does a great job of his site.
Comment by Kathleen O'Malley. on March 7, 2011 at 8:19

Hi Pauline.

Yes'  I agree he told us just before the comedy, however from Marie's comment to me,  all the Group Leaders and Paddy knew about 18 months earlier.  I wondered why nothing was said to us until two weeks prior to the event taking place.  Had I had  sufficient notice I definitely would have been there. Just wondered why he didn't "let the cat out of the bag".

Kathleen O'Malley.  "Childhood Interrupted".

Comment by pauline jackson on March 7, 2011 at 18:57
empty promises such as the foot washing could as easely been forgotten. thay proberly had it up someones sleeve in case of need. As thay had the guy over from boston it was cheaper than anything else in dublin.

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