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Victim John Kelly speaks out about organized crime by the Catholic Church in Ireland

A survivor of one of Ireland's former state-funded, Roman Catholic Church-run children's institutions says some of them were like gulags, where vulnerable minors worked as slave labourers.

"These places weren't care homes, they were gulags," John Kelly, now coordinator of the Survivors of Child Abuse (SOCA) group said, adding that inmates had to make "the instruments of our own torture".

Speaking hours before publication of a major report into alleged abuse, he said children were "rented out to farmers as slave labourers," faced regular floggings and were known by numbers, not names.

For 10 years, a government-appointed commission has probed allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse suffered by thousands of the estimated 30,000-40,000 children who passed through the system.

Kelly described how he lived in an institution run by a Catholic religious order in a former British military barracks in central Ireland.

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Comment by jack colleton on January 17, 2012 at 23:18

it's good to hear people talking the same language having shared the same story!

Comment by jack colleton on March 13, 2012 at 16:16

state and church child abuse. hand in glove.

Comment by jack colleton on March 17, 2012 at 19:08

the church funds the government (of the day)?

Comment by jack colleton on March 17, 2012 at 19:12

the abuse still goes on!

Comment by jack colleton on March 22, 2012 at 10:13

Pope’s brother: I slapped pupils in the face

Comment by jack colleton on March 22, 2012 at 10:13
Comment by jack colleton on June 18, 2012 at 23:18

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