The Shame of Ireland

The Shame of Ireland

There is something that has been bothering me for sometime now and don't know if others feel the same as I do.

When asking for quotes for work to be done, quite often you have to say how you are going to pay. Because the person/organization will have to wait for weeks sometimes months to be given the go ahead to carry out work.

I often say I am being sponsored, then get a funny look from the person/persons giving me the quote. Then I have to go on to explain about being in a home etc and show them my Caranua Guidelines Book

I feel I should not be put in this position: reason being I have never talked much to my family about being In Lakelands Convent now I am forced to talk to complete strangers to explain to them where the money is coming from. I can get quite distresses and upset  after this encounter.

I talked to my adviser at Caranua regarding this and explained infect we had to sign a paper not to speak to anyone regarding Redress and compensation and that it upset me having to talk to complete strangers.    

Her reply " just tell them its insurance from Ireland or something like that". 

I said " that would be lying and would they not think that a bit odd living in UK and Ins coming from Ireland" and also what about the Money Laundry Act ( what ever its called).

Needless to say she changed the subject.

Does anyone else think as I do that not much thought went into the process of how  survivors have to deal with getting quotes etc without distressing or embarrassing them. Its enough to put survivors

off applying for funding.  

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Hi Helen, At present  Caranua are dealing only with survivors who received payment from the redress board or the courts.

I Would Imagine Very Few Survivors Went To Court  .... So Many Irish Law Firms Have Done Really Well Of Out Survivors Via The Redress Board!

HI Bernadette just read your post and I feel exactly the same we have to go with cap in hand (begging bowls) and explain who the third party is.   I absolutely hate it and my friend had to wait over 5 months to get her glasses as a result of the optician not accepting cheques.  Do u live in London  

Hi Helen, Live on the South Coast place called Littlehampton, sorry for late reply not been the best 

Ah I remember going there with my kids hope you feel better Bernadette xx

Wow.  Bell Rung. I Am Real Sure Most Members If Not All Members Can Relate To Your Message Here Bernadette! 

Thought I was the only one Jack but see others feel as I do 

Indeed They Would Do Bernadette!  

Always There Is The Stigma. 

 the whole idea is to put you off .having to get 3 quotes for each application is hard work and involves a lot of running around

People Still Being Treated Badly. 

I am a bit late to this discussion thread but you are spot on. I too have lived over 30 years in my community without then ever knowing my history. Suddenly in order to get glasses I had to do the same thing as you. Explain who my 'spinsor' was. 2nd..hardly any business accept cheques anymore so producing a cheque in payment of goods was further cause for suspicion. In my case my Optician forward the Caranua cheque to her bank's fraud depth to verify it's authenticity! I was just too embarrassed for words...



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