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Speech on Patrick Street Cork by Christopher Heaphy on 28 May 2009

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Comment by jack colleton on March 13, 2012 at 22:50

congratulations on a very fine and excellent oration!

Comment by Christopher heaphy on March 14, 2012 at 19:42
Jack, that speech was written nearly 5 years ago and delivered on Patrick Street, Cork , three years ago. The content of that speech is as true today as it was 5 years ago.

On behalf of over 2000 survivors whose views and opinions I listened to for ten years or more; I responded, to the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference booklet. "Twoards Healing and Renewal" .

Along with three other people, we addressed the Bishops' Conference at Maynooth on the 7th October 2009.

Cardinal Sean Brady along with the Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland, listened, as we presented a catalogue of abuse and crimes committed by Priests, Brothers and Nuns, on innocent children in the Industrial Schools of Ireland.

Eighteen months later and after another five meetings with the Bishops' ; the people of Ireland were presented with their Pastrol Response Booklet.

We asked them for 'Financial Reparation' ; they offer us, 'Acts of Reparation'. They will pray for us.

I wrote to the Cardinal and all the Bishops' ; the Views and Opinions of the Survivors I had spoken to.

Not a single Prayer will put food on the table, to feed hungry survivors.

Not a single Prayer will help to provide a warm bed, for survivors who sleep on the streets in cities and towns throughout Ireland and England.

Not a single Prayer will provide for the basic needs, of the most destitute and lonely survivors.

God Forgive my outburst when I describe their response to us as, the offerings of " Pios Hypocrites"

There is little catalogued in the "survivor domain" about the advocacy that has taken place for, and on behalf of, survivors.

What I have written for, and on behalf of, survivors, can be had by sending me an email to:-

Feel free to inform whoever you want about this Post.

Christopher Heaphy.
Comment by Maurice Heaphy on March 14, 2012 at 20:30

Hypocrites is all these people are Chris, and nothing more. Prayers are a fat lot of good to anyone. Are these people living on the same Planet as ourselves? Obviously NOT. Acts of reparation my A**E. And they have the Nerve to call themselves Christian.

Comment by jack colleton on March 14, 2012 at 22:49

hello Christopher. yes indeed. i agree. i do not think the guilty (abusers) should be setting the "healing and renewal " agenda! there is truth in the idea of "hitting them where it hurts". ie in their pockets. a deal was done and that government gone? present government supports change?  

Comment by jack colleton on March 14, 2012 at 22:50

in my experience many people who call themselves christians are NOT!

Comment by john mc carthy on April 28, 2012 at 22:07

I am 75 next birthday and I left ireland 54 years ago as itwas the best thing fom me. But  I still feal the pain even now. We are still waiting for justice. words  fail me for the abuse and mental torture I went through, and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Also I  had to go through life without knowing my MOTHER or FATHER or any other members of my familey and still dont know to this day.

Comment by jack colleton on April 28, 2012 at 23:09

hello John. i can relate very much to all that you have said. the pain can affect people in so many ways. infact the pain can affect people in so many ways they may not realize it is indeed child abuse related. not having a mother and a father can screw all future relationships with people. there are only so many political partys in Ireland. it would not be at all difficult to identify which of these political partys were (ARE?) involved in destroying the lives of thousands of Irish citizens (?) and are involved (still) in covering up their child abuse crimes. crimes against the most vulnerable children in Ireland (Ireland's Holocaust). crimes against humanity. the people involved in these crimes (child abuse politicians and their lackeys) should not be immune from prosecution. 

Comment by john mc carthy on May 5, 2012 at 20:53

Hi  mr heaphy.  I have just seen your video about your time in the industerial school, and I agree with everything you said.I was in two of schools and I know  first hand of what you and other children went through,the SEXUAL ABUSE, MENTAL TORTURE, STARVATION, AND THE BEATINGS. The beatings were very humiliating as it was done in front of the whole school, you were striped naked just for the sexual gratification of the christian brothers. I had to endure this for 13 years, as a 3year old I was put into St Patricks Industerial school Kilkenny till i was10years old then onto St Josephs Ferryhouse Clonmel, My only crime was that I wandered away from the Counth Home for that i got a jail sentence of 13years in the industrial  schools. I was born in the County Home and never new my MOTHER or FATHER or my MOTHERS PARENTS, even to this day75 years wondering who they were. Wat a way to treat a person. Ithas been a very hard strugal all my life, Icould not make any friends I JUST COULD NOT. So I belive all the funds that the CATHOLIC CHURCH  paid to the GOVERMENT should go to the SURVIVORS not to other so called charitys for SURVIVORS for them to wast. The REDRESS BOARD MANAGE TO TAKE QUITE A BIT FOR THEMSELFSat 780euro per day soon mounts up even if they work 4 days a week, there yearly wage would be 149,760euro thats quite a lot more than I GOT FOR 13YEARS  of abuse.Where is the justice in that , the peopel who never suffered get  most. That is why I THINK THEY SHOULD BE ABOLISHED and give the SURVIVORS  what they deserve, not what a panel of fat cats think they are worth.When you think what funds go to the likes of RIGHT OF PLACE ,-SOLICITORS-and REDRESS BOARD and the GOVERMENT a lot more SUVIVORS  could be payed out.

Comment by Christopher heaphy on May 5, 2012 at 21:45
Hi John,
I meant everything I said in the speech.
We were treated like animals.
Not a shred of humanity was shown to us.
How could our own people, especially those who profess to love and serve God, inflict such suffering and misery on little children.

I wish you well and I hope life treats you kindly.

Comment by jack colleton on May 5, 2012 at 22:33

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