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Sally Mulready: Proposed exclusion will hurt the most vulnerable

By Sally Mulready

Saturday April 07 2012

I WELCOME the Bill to set up the statutory fund that will enable former residents of Irish institutions run by the Religious Orders to obtain the emotional, welfare and counselling support they continue to need as a consequence of childhood experiences.

I believe Minister Ruairi Quinn has made a very genuine attempt to secure a way forward that meets the ongoing needs of survivors.

I hope earnestly that he will appoint an independent chairperson, who will have sound knowledge and understanding of the complex needs of survivors and above all else a person who will have compassion. I am very pleased with the proposal to include representatives of survivors on the trust board.

I know the aim of the trust fund is to have a very simple administrative process.

But the needs of survivors are not simple, they are complex and the hurt and pain persists and probably will until they die.

It has, of course, affected families and their suffering has impacted on the lives of their children and their extended families.

It is really important that this is understood.

The utmost care and sensitivity is needed if the new trust fund is to succeed.

We know that a third of all survivors alive today live in the UK. Many continue into old age living out isolated and difficult lives. When they fled Ireland, they went to live some distance from Irish support and welfare organisations.

They will tell you they did not want anything to do with Ireland. As a result, they had no knowledge of their right to apply to the Redress Board, others were too ill to apply and others simply felt unable to open up that period of their lives again.

We are not talking significant numbers of people, very few in fact, nevertheless it is about them that I have real concerns.

I am disappointed about the recommendation not to include survivors who failed to apply to the Redress Board in the new Bill. They will not be entitled to make an application to the new Trust Fund.

Arguments have been put forward that this must be a simplified administrative process with some serious consideration of costs.

I have total sympathy with this view. The principal beneficiaries of the Redress Scheme were lawyers and not survivors. I understand why the minister wants to avoid this happening again.

However, excluding a small number who are so vulnerable is not the solution.

The people who will end up being excluded are amongst the most vulnerable of the survivors population.

Their failure to apply in time to the Redress Board is part of that vulnerability.

They can hardly advocate for themselves and they will continue to need support for the remainder of their lives. Whether they are excluded or not, in the end we will not abandon them.

I hope as the Bill makes its passage through the Dail, the issue of these proposed exclusions is resolved, otherwise it will detract from what is otherwise a very good Bill that offers a sensible and sensitive way forward.

• Dublin-born Sally Mulready, a prominent emigrant rights activist in Britain, was recently appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D Higgins. She spent her early life in a mother and baby home, an orphanage and, later, an industrial school in Dublin. She moved to Britain in the 1970s. She is a Labour councillor in Hackney, London.

- Sally Mulready

Irish Independent

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Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 20, 2012 at 16:15

The whole sorded business is nothing but A BIG FAT CON

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 21, 2012 at 14:38

So called survivor groups are designed to keep CONTROL over others. A LICENCE TO BULLY

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 21, 2012 at 14:47

What emotional, Welfare, + Counselling ,  those in the UK can get that for FREE ON THE NATIONAL HEALTH .,WHAT A LOAD OF TOSH

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 21, 2012 at 15:01

Sally Mulready  WOULD SAY THAT WOULDN'T SHE ,as she is in the Labour Party as a Labour Counsellor in Hackney ,London UK, I AM SURE THEN SHE IS ON THE LABOUR PARTYS  PAYEROLL   in the UK. .   is she receiving funding from the IRISH GOVERNMENT from   the Dept of Education and will she receive FUNDING OUT OF THE STATUARY TRUST FUND IN DUBLIN, IRELAND., is survivors Due compensation been handed over to London for English Lessons??????? Something does not seem right there, She is in Politics in the UK.  food for thought 

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 21, 2012 at 15:03

should have known, Con Merchants the lot of them

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on August 12, 2012 at 17:21

Well Sally, all the massive funding  has so far done Nothing for the REAL SURVIVORS, where has all those Millions gone .all those who say they run  well funded services for survivors must open their books for all to see what the funding went on and show the whole list of survivors names you groups say you represent >> Noone has represented me at all. I have had NO HELP from any of them. and I think it odd that a Labour Party Counsellor in LONDON should have any say in what happens to the money handed over TO THE IRISH GOVERNMENT  BY THE RELIGIOUS THAT IS SUPPOSE TO BE COMPANSATION FOR THE SURVIVORS OF INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS IN IRELAND. And not to prop up Egos and so called Group so called leaders. Survivors have been used and abused and CONNED .again.

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on August 12, 2012 at 17:28

COMPASSION???? Sally you say Compassion??? none of those Groups have shown any of that so far with all the funding they have been paid.  you all talk Rubbish and will you tell your friend in Dublin to stop banging on about EDUCATION. >IT IS FAR TO LATE FOR THAT. shall I go to the graves and dig them up prop them up in your friends classroom so you all can claim more funding that what you all already are getting .  Don't make me angry. Stick to your Labour Party in the UK.

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on September 19, 2012 at 23:36

It's them that need the education sitting in their central heated offices for far to long stuffing  their inflated Ego's  and causing more   Misery  to  the Survivors .

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on September 20, 2012 at 0:08

Dictatorship, The Statuary Trust Fund is totally Undemocratic Survivors were denied  not only a Democratic Vote they were denied any knowledge or Information that was going on behind closed door's  where politicians and those well funded so Called Group leaders were holding meetings in Secret,  What will That Statuary Trust Fund pay for > Trustees,  Administrators,  <(I like the last part of that word very  fitting <    Board members, Lawyers, Secretary;s, Under Secretary's , Office workers.  Group's, And their EXPENSES, that's only in Ireland . > The UK Trustees, Administrators, Board Members, Secretary's , Offices , Groups, ++ ++  And  Their EXPENSES. so there won't be much left for all that Education they keep banging on about.  AGAIN. 

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on September 20, 2012 at 0:11

 Those so called Services for the Survivors SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED 20 year's ago , Do I smell a few Rat's.

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