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Derek Leinster has done a massive amount to bring attention to the Bethany Homes.
The problem he has had is that Bethany Homes was Protestant mother and baby home in a Catholic Country with a Government and Church which disgracefully wanted to distance themselves from almost any responsibility whatsoever.
The 2015 Baby & Mother Commission is the first time that Protestants will have been included in any of the Irish State Inquiry’s, in the history of the state. All the 6 state Inquiries since 1970 included only Catholic Homes and Institutions.
Derek has written two books on his childhood to bring attention to the plight of survivors in Bethany Homes
2005 Derek Leinster Hannah’s Shame: True Life Story 
2008 Derek Leinster – Destiny Unknown 
The government has always tried to say that the Bethany Home was a private B & M home and did not come under the state redress scheme. The redress scheme was originally designed to compensate victims with least fuss.
Various excuses have been made. The said there were no records – this was proved wrong It took Derek 14 years to get his records. They said it was not regulated by the state – this was proved wrong, they said it was a mother and baby home and not covered yet other mother and baby homes were included under the redress scheme.
The difference was the Indemnity Agreement – 18 religious orders paid into the redress scheme and were given indemnity, with the government picking up all future abuse claims – but full details about the amounts paid in and out are opaque. This scheme seems to be in favour of the religious institutions and what happened to the children and institutions who did not have a religious lobby?
The survivors have had to fight every step of the way after suffering abuse whilst under the care of the state. Shameful. There was neglect and the state knew about it.
This programme from RTE outlined the problems. HT to D from Operation Greenlight database  for video
2013 May 13 Broadcast RTE News Prime Time Needleblog Video Channel RTE Bethany – The home the State forgot 
In 2016 Derek Leinster was forced to go to the European Court of Human Rights, 23 years after he first started campaigning for recognition. As he has not been able to get the protection of the Irish Courts, he hopes EHCR will set out where the Irish State is wrong. The case is still ongoing.
Bethany Homes also exported children to Fegans Homes for boys. One was in England at Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire, now near Milton Keynes, which further exported the children to work on farms in Canada. Child migration so that the children could be used as slave labour.
227 children and babies from Bethany Home in unmarked pauper graves in Mount Jemore whose lives were cut short.
Derek also passed on these personal records he has now managed to obtain, including finding out he was illegally adopted [See Appendix 1]
There are also emails, which show how reluctant the authorities were to release anything [see Appendix 3] [HT to Daedulus for redaction]
My apologies that for several reasons the article does not do proper justice to how hard Derek has worked to expose the abuse at Bethany Homes, how bad the abuse was and the subsequent unfairness that they faced in trying to bring attention to the abuse. However it was better to get something published than wait longer.
The Bethany Home Case
1 start in 1993 & set this Group up 19 88 The Bethany Survivors Group 98
We are the old’s & are the only one to have the Foi Recourds & not just hear say as Chruch of Ireland we are just 1% & what has happen to us over the last 17 years could not happen in any State in UK or European Country
Irish Minister For Education was also part of the 2002 Redress , but they never understood , the 2002 Redress Act 4 1. or any of the the 1908 Act’s that was for the protection of , Children or there act’s & Just went along with what even a Snr Civil Servants put to them & was not strong enough to do the right thing , it was no good , one saying that there home had come under the 1908 act. , we had to prove it , not with hear say , but with the Foi Doc.s
The State set up the 1999 Commission
The State up the 2002 Act 4 1, Redress
The Irish State has had 6 Enquiry since 19 70 , But they only cover Catholic Home’s & Institution
The 2015 Baby & Mother Commission is the first time that Protestant will have been included in any of the Irish State enquiry ‘s , in the history of the State
it was a fast track way to give justice to survivors that going to court could not get
A Home or Institution a to get on the list of , Homes it would have to come under , A State Inspection A Children Home A Place Of Education Or Be Regulated By the State
The Bethany Home did ,
New Minister’s & new groups & new Survivors , never got up to speed on this they should
No Survivors can win this in any , Court unless they come under the 2002 redress
But when you have been on this for over 17 years you get it & now the , Legal teams are getting it
I have all way’s just want the 2002 redress act, that was given to all of the others 130 odd homes & institution that got it , with out having the right paper work
But Snr Civil Servants have all ways said that there was no records , they can not say that any more as i have got the right paper work , & that is what make’s the Protestant Bethany Home Differenly , it is not just hear say ,
We only want what others have got with out proof that we have got & not just hear say
227 Baby & Chrildren in Un Mark Paupe Graves in Mount Jemore
The Government has all way’s want to ,call the Bethany Home , a B& M. Home & have all way’s said that it was a Privately run Protestant home & did not come under the State ,
it took me 14 years to get the records that they said did not exist , that prove that the Bethany Home was a Maternity Hop’s Baby & Mother Home a Chrildren Home A Jail a Place of Detention for people under 17 years . No Home that went on the list of homes for Redress in 2002 was covered by all of 1908 act as the Bethany Home was. It wasnt about the name of a home it was always about what was set out by the government. The criteria to qualify to be on the list of homes the home had to be educational, a place of looking after children,or inspected by the state , under the 1908 act or regulated by the state. the Protestant Bethany was
We now have documents that the State said didn’t exist, to qualify for the 2002 Redress, state inspections were carried out, and also for nursed out children came under the state inspection. It was also regulated by the state and i was one of them , we have sent the State the documents over the years. They may tell you it was not to do with being Catholic but you can see Mary Lou (sinn Fein TD) making historical speeches in the Dail, that it was sectarian. Joe Costell (TD for Labour) who also was on our case and who was on it since 2002 and a few others who all knew that it was outrageous that the Bethany Home was not included.
There is no good the Government saying it wasn’t to do with being Protestant, there was no home went on the Redress who was as qualified to go on as the Bethany Home. You would have a job to find 3 TD’s in the Dail who were Protestants. No minority group of less than 1% of the population could be treated like the Bethany Home has been treated in the last 17years, in any country in Europe or UK. That is why a Solicitor and 2 Barristers have made a submission on my behalf to take my case to the ECHR, so the Government can say what it wants and they can call the Bethany Home what they want, but what they cannot do anymore say there were no records, and cannot say they didn’t treat the Bethany Home differently as i have the documents to prove what i am saying. No one must forget here is that the 2002 Redress act 4.1 is what the state set out for all homes and institutions had to comply with, there are a good many homes that didn’t, but ours did thats what the argument is. The Church of Ireland also can not say it is not me Gov there The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin open it in 1922 & there Clergy , was on the committee that ran the it , There Archbishop also done a deal with the then Minister Boland in 19 45 to have the Bethany Home a Detention centre for people unded 17 years , but the same people are now saying now the Bethany Home is just a name , Sorry to people like us it is a lot more , & when you see the Memorial for 227 Chrildren in un mark pauper graves
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.
- The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
- National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
- One in Four [C]
- Havoca [D].
- Useful post on Triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
- Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.
- Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma [J]
- Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
- Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
- A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
- ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]
 2016 Aug 1 Irish Journal Bethany Home survivor takes first step in bringing case to human rights court http://www.thejournal.ie/bethany-home-court-of-human-rights-2900109...
 2013 May 13 Broadcast RTE News Prime Time
Needleblog Video Channel RTE Bethany – The home the State forgot https://youtu.be/mLvsWFJdy0g
 2008 Dec 1 Amazon Derek Leinster – Destiny Unknown Paperback – 1 Dec 2008 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Destiny-Derek-Leinster/dp/0955145716/ref=s...
 2005 Sep 30 Amazon Derek Leinster Hannah’s Shame: True Life Story Paperback – 30 Sep 2005 https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Hannahs-Shame-True-Life-Story-Derek-...
 Derek Leinster website http://www.derekleinster.com
 Operation Greenlight database https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/