From my Personal Email Address
(for almost a week my PC has failed to recognise my keyboard, think I've cracked it? Normal Services will be resumed soon? I HOPE!)
The Bethany Home Survivors 98 Group
Against Our Human Rights
We Will be giving to the Commission our list of names of the 227 children who lost their lives in the Bethany Home through lack of care who are buried in
unmarked paupers graves in Mount Jerome crimes against children our Children
The State Commission Of 1999 Went Directly Against Our Human Rights
Survivors With A Protestant Background Were Treated Differently
That is what this Commission Has To Address
Catholics Homes & Named Institutions Were always In The Media
But The Only Protestant Home Was Not On The State Radar When The 1999 Commission Started
Why Were Protestants Late For All This?
The State Had A Duty To All Citizens
Protestants Survivors Like Me Knew This Was Just For Catholics And Not Protestants
Because of The Way It Was Set Up
We All Knew If You Want To Know What Recognition A Guy Like You Would Get
Just Say, "What School Did You Go To?"
In 1999 The Then Minister Dr. Woods Had A Duty Of Care To All Citizens
And More So To A Minority Group
And The Names Like 'Artane' and Places like 'St. Josephs' Were Always In The Irish Media
The Survivors Knew this Had Nothing To Do With Us Protestants
And Even Though It Is Now 17 Years Late
The State Must Have A Scheme Like "2002 Redress" Now
These Are Some Of The People Who Stopped The Bethany Home People From Getting Justice
Michael Woods: Then Minister, 2002....Mary Hanafin: Then Minister, 2004 2005
Heads Of Department: David Byrne and Jack Hogan and they were always Happy To Say NO!
The State Stopped The Protestants Getting Justice In 1999
The State Should Now Cover The Very Old People From The Bethany Home Survivors
In Two Parts: One For Those Who Only Have Proof That They Were In The Bethany Home
But Do Not Have Any More Proof - Fast Tracked to give a Lump Sum As Redress
And For Those Who Have Now Proof Of Harm Done Through Neglect
Should Have A Different Number From The Redress
And Because Of All That I am Still Being Contacted by Bethany Survivors
Looking For Redress For What Happened to them in the Past
And Now They Are 17 years older And Some of the ones that are left...
Some Of Their Minds Have Sadly Left Them As They Are Unable To Cope With This Life As It Is
But Now, The State Wants Them To Go Before This Commission in 2015
And Face Two Solicitors and Two Barristers
They Are Expected To Understand The 39 Pages of the Rules Of The Commission?
They Call This Justice In Ireland
For Protestant Survivors - Some Justice
This Is Making My Heart Bleed.
I Am So Ashamed That This Could Happen In My Ireland
And It Has Taken Over 17 Just to Even Get onto This Commission
Just Because We Are From Another Religion.
Some People Will Not Want To Believe That Could Have Happened In 2002
And Now Again In 2015
But If You Are A Survivor Who Has To Love With All The Pain
And All Of The Put Downs and To Spend Your Life Searching For Who You Are
And All That Goes With The Shame Of All That
No Health Records. No School Records. No Family Records. No Adoptee Records
The Departments and Civil Servants have No Idea Of Any Of This
It Was Like Being From Another World
The State Did Not Hold Records Of Protestants and Say That This Was Private!
Done By Protestants! And Did Not Come Under The Jurisdiction Of The State!
That Is When The Shame Would kick In
And Bring all Of The Shame That Was So Much Of My Early Life.
Now I Have To Live With The Health Problems That The Bethany Home Has Left Me With
And I Am Alive Only Because Of The Medicine That I Have To Take Ever Day To Keep Me Here
And Now With All Of The Work That I Had To Do To Get The Memorial Up
With 227 Names Of The Children In Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin
I have To Let Them Know Of This
As They Think That This Could Only Happen In Catholic Cases. Not Protestant.
That Leaves Me With More Shame.
That The Country I Love Could Let This Happen
We Have More Proof Than Any Other Home But It Was Never About Documents
It Was Always About The 18 Holy Orders And The Dirty Deal
The Minister Of The Day Knew The Bethany Home Was Protestant And Left Us OUT
Did You See The Prime Time Program "The Home The State Forgot" That Went Out in 2013?
I Sent All That To The Commission But If You Need Any More Documents Please ask. I Have:
My own Personal Records
Health Records (all that I suffered) obtained under Freedom Of Information
Pertussis - Bronchial Pneumonia - Diphtheria - Enteritis
Illegal Adoption Documents
A Witness Statement Showing The State I Was in When I was Seven and A Half Months Old
Documents Showing What I Suffered As Child Through Lack Of Care
Minister Dr Reilly Was Very Surprised I Survived It
UK Medics Believed You Would Have To Be Abandoned On A Dung Heap To Be In Such A State
Bethany Home Records Now Held
2007 Docs - The 101 Documents That Have made The Bethany Home Case
Better than any records supplied for any other home or institution to date
They prove that the Bethany Home was registered under
The Registration of Maternity Homes Act 1934
They prove the state paid money to it.
They paid 15 shillings per child per week for nursed out families
They proved it was inspected by the State
Up to then the senior civil servants had been telling me that they had
No records for the Bethany Home as it was Private
They were lying to me
They also showed up the terrible conditions that the children were left in
Without calling a Doctor or Hospitalising them
In my own case, at three years old,
I was left for almost dead before I got to Cork Street Isolation Hospital
With civilised care this was all avoidable
2012: Documents obtained under Freedom Of Information 284-2012
Records 311 -572 - McGuill & Linster;
Freedom of Information number 284/ 2012 Records; 1- 2 9 9
Held by our solicitor and us.
They showed clearly that The 2012 Meeting Was a Charade from one end to the other
And it was all about helping Minster Mary Hanafin Bend and Twist it to help the State work it
Against Our Human Rights
At all of the Departments of Government they had a lock down in not helping the Bethany Home
I was known as "The Constant Caller" and that is in these records. Their own records
And Senior Civil Servants were saying that they did want to include
the Protestant Home as it was very old
And as there would not be many living Survivors.
And that was their way of dealing with the Protestant Question
And that was in 2004 and 2005 and they are the State's own records
Shame on them and all added up to how I was treated for over 17 years
This could not happen in any other civilised State
No Irish Man should be treated like this and it has caused a lot of pain over the years
I hope that this Commission will ensure it can never happen In my Ireland again
In 2011 Minister Quinn put up €500,000 for
Another Catholic Memorial in Dublin For the Abused Children,
That Should Happen and I Back it All The Way
But I told him and his Department that there must also be
A Memorial for the Protestant Bethany Home Babies
And I was assured that this would happen but it never did
In October 2013 I knew that there was going to be
A lot of money spent on this new Catholic Memorial
I told the Department of Justice that I could take them messing me about no longer
As they said in the end, they would pay for a small Stone in 2012 but that went nowhere too
I told them in October 2013 that I would be putting a Memorial up on the 2nd of April 2014
And when the Minister's Department checked that I had found a place to erect the Memorial
and a Time Table to make it happen.
He knew that I was not messing with him.
And as he did not want us to do it on our own, he knew he had to put up €25,000
I put it up for under €16,000 and on Time and now...
And now it is a Memorial that the State of Ireland and it's People and..
The Bethany Home Survivors and All Survivors
Can be Very Very Proud of
And all the many years before
The State and the Church, Catholics and Protestant Church Leaders,
Never Did this for any Survivors since the start
This was the first time in our 14 years that any Department
Had ever given one penny to the Bethany Home 98 Protestant Group
To Catholics, the State has given many millions
To the Catholic groups, and most of it unaccountable
But no Department would give one penny to the Bethany Home Group in over 17 years
Why have these people treated the little minority Protestant people like this?
It is so wrong
The 101 Documents Will prove
that the 2002 Redress was a charade and corrupt,
and was never to do with any Home Qualifying or not qualifying
And was always down to do with what Institutions the 18 Holy Orders covered
Now See the mountain of Documents that have been compiled by the Bethany Home 98 Group
Of which there is no equal
The records of dead Protestant children were not in any records published by the state.
It would have to be a Catholic baby before that could happen,
It is because of these shameful records that we cannot get away from
The discrimination that was rife as was conducted by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid.
The Question of The Discrimination Must Be Addressed By The New Commission
Unlike the 2002 Redress Act 4.1 They Should Start Now
As They Don't Have To Look For All This Information
Because Of The Ages Of The last Few Survivors of
The Bethany Home in Rathgar in Dublin in Ireland
Derek Was One Of The First Survivors In The UK To Sign Up To The 1999 Commission
But Derek Was Never Never Called And He Has All Of The Documents To Back That Up From 1999
Derek Linster, Author Of: Hannah's Shame and Destiny Unknown
Covering The Shame and Neglect Of Derek's Young Life In Ireland
And The Life Time Effects Of all That Happened to the Protestants
The State Just looked The Other Way
This Commission Has A Duty To All Survivors
But This Commission Has to See To It
That This Applies To a Minority Group In Today's Ireland 2015
Yes Our Catholics Brothers and Sisters Too, Were Wronged In This
But To Have Our Discrimination On Top Of That
Is Beyond Any Words That Can Be Found
And The Pain Is Always There
The 1999 Commission and The 2002 Redress Act 4.1 in 2004, 2006, 2012
Were Not About Helping Protestants
But None Of This Matters.
It Was Always Going To Be To Do With The Recognition of the 18 Holy Orders and The State
While Survivors Aged and Those Who Have Had To Wait Over 17 Years
If Not, Then The Few That Are Left Will Not Get Any Justice
And now there are Not More Than 6 People That Could Go Through All This
You Might Say It Is a Bit Like The Days Of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid
Sad Days Not Gone Away
This would Leave The Shame On Ireland For Ever
That Must Not Happen
The Bethany Home's Solicitor and His Legal Team Of Barristers Have Made a Legal Submission
On Behalf Of The Bethany Home 98 Group Survivors To The Commission On the Grounds That
The State Treated The Bethany Home People and Protestant Survivors Differently
And Will Be Sending His Application To The ECHR, Irish Human Rights Commission
And the Commission and The Submission Is Almost Ready
On Behalf Of The Bethany Home and Others
We, On Behalf Of The Bethany Home Survivors, Would Like To Thank
Our Legal Team Who have Worked So Hard For All Of Us.
So Much work On all Of The Documents That Have Taken I6 Years To Gather
And The Paperwork that They Have Added To Our Case
It Has Now Taken Over 17 Years and Shown what we have always Said was always Right and
Against Our Human Rights
We Still Have Protestants Coming To See us to Find Out Who They Are
With Not One Bite Of Paperwork.
How Can That Be Right?
They Are Some In Their '70's and '80's With No Paper Work To Say
Where They Might Have Come From
This Is A Crime Against Our Human Rights
The Commission of 1999 was set up to deal with the Catholic Question
And was for the children's Abuse in their Homes
The Minister of the day Michael Woods and the 18 Religious Holy Orders did the Dirty Deal
They excluded the Abused Protestant Children and excluded them for 17 more years till now
That has left a lot of Pain and Hurt to us
And has made our abuse even worse than it was already
And now a lot of us have passed away
And some of us that are left don't even get it now or understand what is going on in our name
The 2002 Redress Act: 4.1 is a Catholic and Government Scheme
Redress 2002, 2004, 2005, 2012 Was Given To Others Without Proof
The Bethany Home Was Not Catholic
You Only Need To Look What Happened When The Tuam 800 Story Broke
Only Weeks After The Bethany Home Memorial was Erected On The 2nd of April 2014
Catholic mass grave on the front pages around the World
Protestant mass grave ignored.
The Question Of Protestants Homes and Inclusion
We Must Get Justice Now
The Last Commission in 1999 Was Not Set Up For Protestants Homes Or Protestant Inclusion
The Question Of The Great Wrong Done To Protestant Survivors Must Now Be Put Right
For This New Commission Of 2015
We Have All of The Documents and Freedom of Information requests
To prove That Protestants were Treated Differently And..
AGAINST OUR HUMAN RIGHTS.
Bethany Home Survivors 98 Group