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Castlepollard Exclusion From Commission on Mother and Baby Homes INQUIRY. (Second Thread)


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For those people who will find it difficult to upload the unwieldy 529 pp of Fifth Interim Report with appendices using your mobiles, iPads, etc.

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Fintan Dunne

PR GURU TERRY PRONE'S OFFICES
AMONG THREE SITES TARGETED BY
TUAM BABIES PROTESTERS

Tuam babies protesters on Easter Monday targeted the Dublin 4, 'Communications Clinic' offices of PR guru Terry Prone. The Tuam Home Survivors Network says Ms. Prone is enriching herself by representing religious orders now found to have lied to a Commission of Investigation.

"Terry Prone is helping spin lies by nuns who are making fools of us all," says group member, Anthony Fennell. "You can call it 'spin', but it's lies." The Tuam survivor and relatives group wants Ms. Prone to cease acting for religious orders.
Earlier today the group held a protest action at the offices of the North Galway coroner, Dr Val Costello, in Headford, County Galway.

"The coroner, Dr Val Costello despite the discovery of human remains in 2016 has has still not convened an inquest," said Kevin Higgins a barrister member of the group who represented Mr. Peter Mulryan in Tuam-related High Court actions.
Mr. Fennell that the exhumation of infant remain in all Mother and Baby institutions is a key goal. "My intention is to dig every such baby up in this country, he said

The group also staged a protest at the Mespil Road, Dublin offices of Katherine Zappone's Department of Children. They want her government to spur immediate investigations by Gardai and to initiate coroner's inquests into the Mother and Baby institutions
.
The Tuam Home Survivors Network is planning protest actions at other coroners offices which have Mother and Baby institutions in their jurisdiction.





Fintan Dunne (Irish First Mothers) reporting...

Fintan Dunne


TUAM BABIES PROTEST ACTION
AT GALWAY CORONERS OFFICE

The Tuam Home Survivors Network held a protest action on Easter Monday at the offices of the North Galway coroner, Dr Val Costello, in Headford, County Galway.

"The coroner, Dr Val Costello despite the discovery of human remains in 2016 has has still not convened an inquest," said Kevin Higgins of the group.

Anthony Fennell, another member of the survivors group said that the exhumation of infant remain in all Mother and Baby institutions is their key goal. "My intention is to dig every such baby up in this country." said Mr Fennell.

The group plans further protest action today and in future at other coroners offices which have Mother and Baby institutions in their jurisdiction.
 

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Photos of protests involving Tuam Home Survivors Network




By Fintan Dunne - April 22, 2019


PR GURU TERRY PRONE'S OFFICES
AMONG THREE SITES TARGETED BY
TUAM BABIES PROTESTERS


Tuam babies protesters on Easter Monday targeted the Dublin 4, 'Communications Clinic' offices of PR guru Terry Prone. The Tuam Home Survivors Network says Ms. Prone is enriching herself by representing religious orders now found to have lied to a Commission of Investigation. ….


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Earlier today the group held a protest action at the offices of the North Galway coroner, Dr Val Costello, in Headford, County Galway.

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The group also staged a protest at the Mespil Road, Dublin offices of Katherine Zappone's Department of Children. They want her government to spur immediate investigations by Gardai and to initiate coroner's inquests into the Mother and Baby institutions. ....


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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs. Anne Rabbitte [Galway East constituency] said the estimated €13 million cost of excavating the Tuam site could not be justified :mad:



STARRY:


It's a false dichotomy to say it's one or the other. ^ ^ ^


It's beyond socialistic politics. How we treat the dead tells whether or not we ourselves are actually human beings. Leaving the children in the sewer demeans us all utterly. There's no choice or bargain to be made here. It is an absolute
.​





Bodger at 11:49 am April 23, 2019

spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte; yesterday’s Sunday Business Post



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From the party that gave you the indemnity deal…

Journalist Michael Brennan, in yestersay’s Sunday Business Post reported that Fianna Fáil had called on the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to stop her plans to excavate the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway.


Mr Brennan reported:

Fianna Fáil children’s spokeswoman Anne Rabbitte said the estimated €13 million cost of excavating the Tuam site could not be justified when the money could be spent helping the children of today.​
“There has to be a dose of reality and realism in all of this. Children living in hubs feel like they are prisoners. We will go down in history as the politicians that failed the children of the 21st century,” she said.​
…“It’ll never be finished in her lifetime because no cabinet will approve a carte blanche cheque for an excavation if we don’t know where it will end. It’s a wilful waste of public money that could be spent on the children of today,” she said.​
Rabbitte questioned if Zappone wanted to dig up every ‘cillín’ in the country (cilliní are traditional burial grounds for children who were stillborn or died before being baptised). She said that a better solution would be to agree a way of reverently remembering the children through commemorative plaques or gardens of remembrance.​
 
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Fintan O’Toole: Enough shame about the past. What we need is guilt




Fintan O'Toole


…. The brutal truth is that babies were dumped after death, children were raped in industrial schools and women were enslaved in laundries because they were poor. And because we had and still have a society and culture in which poverty dehumanises you and leaves you as prey to contempt and indifference.


If shame was any use to us, we would not have 3,784 children homeless by the latest official count, or 220,000 children living in poverty. There are very concrete, immediate and affordable steps that can be taken in the next budget to begin a coherent dismantling of these intolerable conditions. The No Child 2020 campaign by The Irish Times sets them out, and it is hard to find anyone who does not agree with them. But they will happen only if we collectively demand this real, hard, urgent evidence of atonement.


No Child 2020
 

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Keith Finnegan with Deputy Anne Rabbitte and Ms Catherine Corless



Bodger
at 11:49 am April 23, 2019

spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte; yesterday’s Sunday Business Post


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My rushed notes on podcast (first listening) ~~~


'On today’s Show, Keith spoke about the tragedy in Ballinasloe over the weekend; the Tuam Mother and Baby Report; Una Taffe and a book of condolences opening in City Hall today'


Podcast

0:09:40



Anne Rabbitte

Anne Rabbitte wants final report. She feels that can is being kicked down the road.

The legislation that will be needed in ' final quarter to ensure excavation work and jobs that could be done would need to be brought forward and it is not in our summer selection of new legislation.

Rabbitte wants costs and timeframe and to know when it's going to end. Four years on and still no [final] report.

'When report is done wants legislation running parallel to kick into action. '

"Zappone is talking about doing a dig at back end of this year in the site in Tuam. That can't happen at the moment because the legislation hasn't come before it." The cabinet decide themselves the programme for legislation, it's not the opposition TDs who decide on the programme.



Catherine Corless

"Coincidentally," Minister Zappone had just spoken to Ms Corless ('rang her out of the blue'). Corless asked the Minister about legislation and Zappone said she's has two specialists working on very complicated legislation. Zappone "gave indication" that excavation will be going forward this year. And hopefully we will get legislation through asap
.



Anne Rabbitte

Anne Rabbitte said "we need accountability where money is spent and a time frame."

Rabbitte thinks 'when legislation comes through, we will have to treat all mother and baby homes equally. It isn't just about Tuam.'




^^^ Listen to podcast. Rabbitte walks back from article in Sunday's Business Post.


Did Minister Katherine Zappone also personally contact other Tuam survivor groups yesterday to keep them in the loop?

Or did Minister Zappone only speak to Ms Catherine Corless prior to Ms Corless going on the Keith Finnegan Show? Minister Zappone promised to contact all the groups and keep them informed.
 

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Sharing some thoughts with you… It's also by way of a recap…


*I'm nauseated with politicians like opposition Fianna Fáil children spokesperson Anne Rabbitte and her counterpart Minister Katherine Zappone…


*And I'm sick and tired of *word games,* for example, :mad:


Let's also recall the events around April 2018, when UCD-TCD science team disputed ‘pessimistic’ DNA-test findings of so called "expert" technical groupReportedly, the ETG findings were 20 years out of date :mad:


In October 2018, Lead Forensic Achaeologist Niamh McCullagh spoke on
RTE Today with Sean O'Rourke and tried to play the politician when talking about the [Starry: UNNECESSARY] *NEW* legislation. A pre-programmed message was being put out on RTE.


Continuing... RTE Today with Sean O'Rourke, Lead Archaeologist Ms McCullagh also tried to downplay public expectations that remains would ~ if ever ~ be able to be identified. :mad:


After listening to this ^^^ HOGWASH, I (Starry) stated:


It's the scientific and social duty of Lead Forensic Archaeologist Ms Niamh McCullough to tell authorities what is required to make reliable identification of remains possible. She was trying to make identification of remains sound more uncertain than it is.

Source: Broadcast 24.10.18
Today with Sean O'Rourke
Tuam Babies Exhumation

RTÉ Radio Player: Radio Just Got Easier



Putting things in perspective ~~


Cost to Taxpayer of POPE FRANCIS' Two-Day Visit to Ireland


Putting things in perspective, Pope Francis' 32 hours visit last year cost taxpayers €18 million ~~ *Over half a million euros per hour* (€562,500.00 p/hour)



The Pope's reported flop two-day 32 hour visit to Ireland cost the taxpayer €18 million (costing taxpayer €562,500.00 per hour)




Nov 22nd 2018, 6:00 AM




THE ESTIMATED FINAL budget for what the Office of Public Works (OPW) spent on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland is approximately €18 million.

The pontiff paid a two-day visit to Ireland coinciding with the World Meeting of Families at the end of August.


I'm disgusted with Anne Rabbitte's QUOTED comments to the political editor Michael Brennan of Business Post.


Keith Finnegan should now have Michael Brennan on his show because guest Anne Rabbitte implied Mr Brennan misrepresented her statements to him. On the Finnegan show Ms Rabbitte tried to distance herself from her own quoted comments in the Sunday Business Post article!!

I don't think political editor Mr Michael Brennan would misrepresent FF Anne Rabbitte in print.

In her interview with Keith Finnegan (GalwayBay FM), Deputy Rabbitte walked back from her quoted comments here:




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On Castlepollard thread user Catalpast defamed a journalist for comments he didn't like (new mod Strawberry came in to save him). And now Anne Rabbitte implies that journalist Michael Brennan misrepresented her statements. On Keith Finnegan Show (Galway Bay FM) Ms Rabbitte walked back from her comments to Mr Brennan.


However, Ms Catherine Corless with her hotline number to Minister for Children Zappone saved her beloved leader Zappone from a rabid attack on her by opposition Fianna Fáil children spokesperson Anne Rabbitte about the new legislation. Ms Corless said Ms Zappone "coincidentally, had rung her out of the blue just before Keith Finnegan show."

Minister Katherine Zappone is now committed to full exhumation and DNA at Tuam. BUT… BUT… just digging up and reburying the children at Tuam site, no forensic examination. They will do a DNA match and that's it… they are not going to look for signs of FOUL PLAY.


WHAT IF THEY NOTICE EVIDENCE OF FOUL PLAY? WHAT HAPPENS THEN, DO THEY JUST RE-BURY THE EVIDENCE?


WE NEED FORENSIC EXPERTS WITH A TRAINED EYE TO RECOGNISE SIGNS OF "FOUL PLAY" TO CONDUCT THE EXHUMATION.



I DON'T WANT THE *NEW* LEGISLATION TO PASS.



Bear in mind, this is unnecessary NEW legislation to by-pass the coroner.



I was pleased that Tuam Home Survivors Network protested outside North Galway coroner Dr Val Costello's office
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Fifth Interim Report

pp 72-73


http://www.mbhcoi.ie/MBH.nsf/page/LPRN-BBBC8G9421817-en/$File/20190416Mother&BabyHomesBurials5thInterimReport.pdf


8.58 The archaeologist thinks that it is possible that some of the chambers in the second structure (where the human remains were found) were designed to act as cesspools or tanks into which the waste would be deposited and were designed to allow liquid percolate from them into the surrounding soil area



8.59 The Commission consulted a chartered consulting engineer with considerable experience in sewerage installations. His view was that the likely purpose of the chambers was the collection and holding of sewage but did not consider that the extent of the structures visible in photographs produced to him indicated use as a septic tank.94

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Footnote
94A septic tank operates by introducing the waste into the tank by pipe into a chamber where, solid material sinks to the bottom of the tank and forms a sludge as the waste is broken down. The fluid covers it over. Anaerobic activity then occurs where the solid material breaks down naturally while fluid that builds up is allowed to spill over into a second chamber. The same process occurs again allowing the smaller solid particlesto fall to the bottom, where they break down. The water is then allowed to filter out of the tank into a filtration area.



8.60 Whatever the precise design the structure was built to serve, the Commission does not consider that any of its features suggest that it was deliberately formed as a crypt or formal burial chamber. If that were the case, an entirely different type of structure would have been expected that would allow for easy human access. Access to the chambers is only possible though the narrow openings with relatively fragile pre-cast concrete lids permitting access. The openings were largely uniform in size and while large enough to permit a small adult to pass through with difficulty, were clearly not designed with human access in mind nor for access with a ladder. The depth of the chambers was 2.7 metres from the current ground surface to the top of sediment at the base. Entry by an adult would require considerable dexterity and exit would require even greater dexterity



8.61 Without a full excavation it is not possible to conclusively say what was the exact engineering purpose of the structures but the Commission considers that it is very likely that it was sewerage related. This view is corroborated by some of the scientific testing carried out at the request of the Commission and described below.


[^^^ ^^^ ] 8.58 The archaeologist thinks that it is possible that some of the chambers in the second structure (where the human remains were found) were designed to act as cesspools or tanks into which the waste would be deposited and were designed to allow liquid percolate from them into the surrounding soil area.

….

8.64 The limited excavations conducted by the Commission have not revealed the existence of a sewage delivery pipe/culvert; however, soil analysis illustrates that it is likely that the chambers were used for an unspecified duration as sewage tanks. If, after full excavation, no sewage inlet into the chambered structure is found, the likelihood is that the chambers were either never used for sanitary waste, or that waste was delivered into the chambers from the top.


^^^ Mind games ^^^ :mad:




We will have to watch all of this very carefully. The male expert archeologist hired by Bon Secours order gave them a "pleasing" report about a burial vault at Tuam. :mad:
 

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The politicians haven't clearly explained why they need new legislation to get around the LAW as it currently stands. BELOW IS PROPAGANDA ON RTE, PUTTING OUT PRE-PROGRAMMED MESSAGE :

29 December 2018


#857
Why hasn't the lead archaeologist Niamh McCullagh (Expert Technical Group) EXPLAINED HER ERROR in trying to DOWNPLAY PUBLIC EXPECTATIONS that remains would _if ever_ be able to be identified?

Starry: It's the scientific and social duty of lead forensic archaeologis Ms Niamh McCullough to tell authorities what is required to make reliable identification of remains possible.

31 December 2018


#858
*LEAD ARCHAEOLOGIST NIAMH MCCULLAGH SLIPS UP BADLY SPEAKING TO RTE SEAN O'ROURKE ON 24.10.18 ~ 'TODAY WITH SEAN O'ROURKE'*


31 December 2018


#2012
Starry:
I think lead forensic archaeologist Niamh McCullagh slipped up about the juveniles. She seemed to me to be nervous during the interview with Sean O'Rourke. The university genomic scientists disputed McCullagh's Report (ETG) ~

31 December 2018
Mass unmarked grave in Tuam for 800 babies (Second Thread)


#863
*LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES FROM TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR*


31 December 2018


Extract

"We anticipate there'll be excavations in Tuam in the latter half of 2019, because we have to pass legislation in the Oireachtas giving us, the Government, the power to do the excavations," the Taoiseach said. "Because, for lots of reasons, we don't have the power to do that. [THE CORONER ALREADY HAS THE POWER TO CONDUCT THE EXHUMATIONS]

"We'll have to pass that legislation in the new year, and we'd envisage carrying out the first excavations in the second half of 2019.

^^^ LEO, ABOVE IS UNTRUE. ^^^ THE CORONER ALREADY HAS THE POWER TO CARRY OUT THE EXHUMATIONS.

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The fight is fixed... everybody knows...






#LeonardCohen #EverybodyKnows #Vevo

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Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
….
And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows
 

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I’m just one of 126, which I’m sure represents only the tiniest fraction of those affected by [this] scandalous adoption process: Seeking answers after being illegally given up for adoption

Actor Patrick FitzSymons faced silence and delays when trying to find his birth parents





By Noel McAdams


Patrick FitzSymons
:

I got no leads on information about my real parents until the early noughties after contacting Good Shepherd on the Ormeau Road on the advice of a social worker,” he says.

Then last summer, FitzSymons was told by Tusla that he was one of 126 people whose births were incorrectly registered between 1946 and 1969 by the Dublin-based St Patrick’s Guild.


Hiding behind 'new' European Union General Date Protection (GDPR) legislation, which would require the consent of the birth mother before her identity could be shared:

“It is important to note that in the absence of robust information and tracing legislation, Tusla can only lawfully release information relating to third parties with their expressed consent,”the child safety body told The Irish Times.

“Third-party information includes birth/natural mother and family details in addition to information that may identify those third parties,” it said.

“Tusla …. is working closely with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to implement the Information and Tracing Bill of 2016.”

This legislation is due to begin its committee-stage debate in the Seanad shortly, which will “allow for the release of birth information in as many situations as possible”, a statement from Ms Zappone’s office said. Government amendments are still being worked on.


Patrick FitzSymons' biological mother wanted to be reunited with her son "in her last months" ~ State withheld this information from him:

It was in 2006 that I was told that back in 1978 my mother had made it known to St Patrick’s Guild that she would be happy to meet me. Needless to say no attempt was made to contact me,” ....
 

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This is what's going on...


I wrote back in May 2018:
"Overwhelmingly, Zappone has heard stakeholders want full exhumation and forensic examination of evidence including identification of the remains, as much as possible, with up-to-date genomic technology."

"Politician Zappone's mission, as she understands it, is to try to walk back these expectation in order to minimise both the cost to government and exposure of accountable parties and institutions."

*Zappone still wants to bury the evidence and shortchange survivors' rights.



:mad: *It's fixed ~~ a pre-determined outcome to minimise both the cost to government and exposure of accountable parties and institutions.* :mad:



Read my post in full here ~
#2177

2 May 2018
 

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I am making an appeal for someone to come forward with a leaked document(s) proving this is ^^^ Minister Zappone's real agenda on mother and baby homes. Read my above post #1271. Personally, I would trust John Ryan ('Preposterous') at broadsheet.ie

PLEASE COME FORWARD.
 

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Fintan Dunne


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KATHY MCMAHON AND TERRI HARRISON
"Minister Zappone refused to meet Kathy McMahon - because Kathy was determined to stand up for all survivors. Kathy died fighting for all.​
"In case you don't know, when Zappone and Terri Harrison meet each other - they embrace warmly!! I'm not joking, I've personally seen it. That's how Terri looks after the interests of survivors. …​

STARRY:


Terri Harrison ~ A BIRTH MOTHER



We know that the Collaborative Forum was under represented by birth / biological mothers who were the 'primary residents' at the mother and baby homes. They were the ones who suffered human rights abuses.

I wonder if Terri Harrison was one of the lucky members of the Forum who got a junket to a 'Transitional Justice' conference held in Boston, USA? This was done so Minister Zappone could return triumphantly to her old alma mater @Boston College and impress her old Boston schoolmates and enthral her new Irish entourage.



@Fintan Dunne, There's a lot of obsequiousness around Minister Zappone. She wouldn't have taken a forthright woman like Kathy McMahon to the Boston junket.



________

The first anniversary of Irish First Mothers founder Kathy McMahon's passing is coming up in early May.
 

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Dictionary of Irish Biography marks twenty-year anniversary of Mary Raftery’s ‘States of fear





Dictionary of Irish Biography‏ @DIB_RIA Apr 25


To mark the 20th anniversary of Mary Raftery's 'States of Fear' we are publishing her new DIB entry by Liz Evers. This coincides with the launch of a new @DublinCityUni exhibition on her life and work.

DIB marks twenty-year anniversary of Mary Raftery’s ‘States of fear’

25 April 2019

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To commemorate the twenty-year anniversary of the landmark documentary States of fear, which exposed endemic sexual, physical and psychological abuse in Ireland's industrial schools system, the Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) publishes an abridged version of its new entry for journalist and producer Mary Raftery (1957–2012) by Liz Evers. The full entry will be included in the DIB's next online supplement later in 2019.


Mary Frances Thérèse Raftery (1957–2012)
, campaigning journalist and documentary maker, was born on 21 December 1957 in Dublin to Adrian Raftery, an Irish diplomat, and Ita Raftery (née Elmes). ….

….

From 1984 she [Mary Raftery] worked as a producer at RTÉ on Today tonight (later Prime time) and the health series Check up. ….


In 1999 Raftery managed to successfully assuage the legal concerns of RTÉ management over the incendiary content of her audacious three-part documentary series States of fear, which aired largely intact between April and May of that year. The series, which detailed the shocking abuse suffered by children in reformatory and industrial schools between the 1930s and 1970s, was not the first to address such abuse at church-administered, state-funded institutions, but it was by far the most effective in shaping the public discourse. (The independent documentary Our boys about the experience of former pupils of the Christian Brothers was produced in 1980, and Dear daughter a drama documentary exposing the cruelty at Goldenbridge orphanage in Dublin broadcast in 1996.)

Drawing on available Department of Education files up to the 1970s and interviews with more than 100 people who had passed through the industrial school system, the series engendered an overwhelming public disgust at both the government and catholic church for abuses perpetrated with seeming impunity in their institutions. Even before the final instalment of the series had broadcast the government announced a package of measures to address this issue, with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern issuing an apology on behalf of the state and its citizens to those who had suffered abuse as children.

Later in 1999, Raftery released Suffer the little children: the inside story of Ireland's industrial schools, a book she co-authored with social policy academic Eoin O'Sullivan. It provided a granular account of the widespread abuse in the Irish industrial school system between the 1930s and 1970s. Again, this was not the first book-length exposé of the abuse of children at such institutions, but it was the most comprehensive. Suffer the little children revealed decades of complicity by the state in suppressing evidence of the abuse of children in its institutions.

Furthermore, it illustrated how religious orders profited from running these institutions – in terms of payments received from the government (which could be maximised by spending less on food, clothes, heat and other necessities for residents) and money earned from businesses using residents as an unpaid labour force. Raftery and O'Sullivan illustrated how orders of nuns, for example, ran 'large complexes' of 'institutions that helped sustain each other' (18). From mother and baby homes to reformatory and industrial schools through to Magdalen laundries, the orders could effectively control and monetise an individual woman's life from birth to death.

….

When it was eventually published on 20 May 2009, the Ryan Report provided a damning confirmation of Raftery's findings: that serious physical and emotional abuse were commonplace in the institutions; that sexual abuse occurred in many of them, and was endemic in institutions where boys were held; that the way the institutions were run created an intense climate of fear; that children were often neglected, poorly fed and living in inhospitable and insanitary conditions; and that the supervision of the Department of Education was utterly ineffective in identifying problems and responding to complaints of abuse, and that it sought primarily to defend the religious orders and the institutions rather than the children living in them.

Limitations were placed on the scope of the commission's recommendations, however. It was required only to make recommendations on how to alleviate the effects of the abuse on those who suffered it, and how to prevent contemporaneous and future abuse of children in state-run institutions. The commission had initially intended to publicly name abusers in its report, but was blocked from doing so by a legal challenge from the Christian Brothers.

…..




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DCU has launched an exhibition on the award-winning journalism of the late Mary Raftery. The event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the airing of 'States of Fear' | https://******/2XPCLez


Updated / Thursday, 25 Apr 2019 20:39




DCU launches exhibition on journalism of Mary Raftery

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Dublin City University has launched an exhibition on the award-winning journalism of the late Mary Raftery
.

The event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the airing by RTÉ television of her three-part documentary series, States of Fear.

The broadcasts prompted the then taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, to issue an unprecedented apology to survivors of institutional child abuse, primarily in Catholic-run industrial schools.

Mary Raftery was 54 when she died following an illness in 2012. But already, she had won the accolade of the most influential journalist of the previous quarter century.

States of Fear exposed abuse - physical, emotional and sexual - in state-funded children's residential institutions which had closed over the previous thirty years.

….

The university has also unveiled a new journalism industry award, The Mary Raftery Prize, which will be awarded annually to an individual or small team responsible for journalistic work produced on the island of Ireland which, in the view of the judges, combines the rigorous analysis and commitment to social justice which characterised Mary Raftery's journalism and resulted in a significant impact on society.

The prize is funded by a bequest from the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, and is sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). The first prize will be awarded in 2020 for work produced in 2019. It will be administered by DCU's School of Communications with an independent panel of judges selecting the winner.

Commenting on the prize, the former chair of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, David Waddell - who was married to Ms Raftery - said: "The family and friends of Mary Raftery look forward to working with DCU and the BAI to continue outreach and activities that will advocate for, and support, quality, investigative journalism."

The exhibition at DCU's O'Reilly Library at the Glasnevin Campus is free of charge and open to the public during normal library opening hours.



Dictionary of Irish Biography
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And thus we launch The Mary Raftery Prize at this evening’s exhibition opening. Many thanks to the family & friends of Mary Raftery & @BAItweetsThanks also to @DCU_SCA @DCU_SoC @RTEArchives @IrishTimes @irishexaminer @MartinDoyleIT @joelittlerte @DIB_RIA

 

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False Dichotomy



Anna Corrigan of Tuam Babies Family Group: 'Deputy Anne Rabbitte is *pitting those in the grave against the homeless children'* :mad:


Podcast of Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan – Thursday April 25th 2019



Scroll to 38:30


Re Deputy Anne Rabbitte and Ms Catherine Corless who spoke on The Keith Finnegan Show, Tuesday 23 April 2019


Anna Corrigan of Tuam Babies Family Group said
~~



"We are not survivors, we are the families of those who are buried in that tank. We represent people with 11 of our loved ones in that pit.

"We are disgusted with statement made by Anna Rabbitte which we consider is insulting and divisive ~ * pitting those in the grave against the homeless children.* :mad:


Here's the "insulting and divisive statement referred to by Anna Corrigan of Tuam Babies Family Group ~~


Bodger
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'Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte; yesterday’s Sunday Business Post'

Open link here ~



Thank you Anna Corrigan.
 

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HEAR YE, HEAR YE… I appeal for someone to leak the drafts of the NEW legislation…


The government want *NEW* Legislation. This is to bypass the existing law in regard to coroners and inquests.

Activist solicitor Kevin Higgins has stated the existing law is the ONLY LEGAL MECHANISM which can place on public record the cause of death of each of those children.


*I appeal for someone to leak the drafts of the NEW legislation.*


I (Starry) trust 'Preposterous' John Ryan at broadsheet.ie




I can't believe the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary congregation have got away with these SHOCKING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES


Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary have to be made accountable for their crimes, which were carried out with impunity



Fifth Interim Report




More than 900 children died in Bessborough or in hospital after being transferred from Bessborough. Despite very extensive inquiries and searches, the Commission has been able to establish the burial place of only 64 children. The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who owned and ran Bessborough do not knowwhere the other children are buried.​



THIS IS BRIDGET'S STORY


*Bridget was 17 when she became pregnant. She had been brought up by her loving grandmother as her own daughter

*Bridget took the boat to London to spare her family the shame

*But when Bridget attended confession the priest referred her to the Catholic - Crusade of Rescue - who sent her straight back to Ireland without telling her family (grandmother)

*Bridget's family was not informed that she was at Bessborough

*At Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, in Cork, Bridget was given an injection and developed a huge abcess where the needle had penetrated. Bridget overheard two nuns accusing each other of not sterilising the needle

*Bridget's baby William was eventually taken to St Finbarr's Hospital at 19 days old. Baby William was 6 weeks old when he died

*30 years later Bridget was able to access baby William's death certificate and discovered he had died of septicaemia

*Still physically ill, Bridget was coldly tossed out of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home and returned to UK, where Bridget attempted suicide three times


Beautiful Angel William Gerald Walsh 26-10-1960 – 02-12-1960 My heart burns with my love for you and my soul cries out in sorrow having lost you – Mam xxx”





Dónal O'Keeffe‏ Verified account @Donal_OKeeffe



“In 1994, a (nun) told the mother of this infant that her child was buried in the congregation burial ground in Bessborough. However, records held by St Finbarr’s Hospital at that time recorded the child’s place of burial as Cork District Cemetery, Carr’s Hill.”





Dónal O'Keeffe‏ Verified account @Donal_OKeeffe Apr 24


”For Bridget, the thought that baby William is not laid to rest where she believed, where she visited, and where she prayed, but is likely buried instead in a pauper’s grave on overgrown Famine ground, is one final heartbreak more than she can bear.”



April 24, 2019


By Donal O'Keeffe


"The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary stand to make untold millions from the sale of the former mother and baby home at Bessborough. Over 800 babies are missing and they may be buried on those lands.

"I wrote here last month about Bridget, (not her real name,) the woman who told me five years ago what had happened to her in the Bessborough mother and baby home.

“I had a beautiful baby boy, born in Bessborough in 1960 (who) died at six weeks, (and I was) myself lucky to have survived with the same infection; was told a dirty needle. I hadn’t known where my son was buried until 15 year ago when I plucked up enough courage to confront the nuns at Bessborough.

“I now know.

“Although I was a so-called inmate in Bessborough at the time of his burial, I was not allowed to be at his burial. It breaks my heart not knowing if he was dressed in a gown, or even if he was laid in a coffin.

“To this day, 54 years later, (I am) still trying to come to terms with the horror of it all.

“May God forgive them.

Bridget. (2014)


STARRY: Bridget had a legal right to attend her son's burial.

After the traumatic loss of her baby boy, Bridget was turned out of Bessborough and sent back to the UK, still physically very unwell. Distraught Bridget tried to take her own life three times…



Read the full article to learn how Bridget was lied to by a nun about the final resting place of her son William. Bridget had a legal right to attend her son's burial.




Thank you Donal.
 

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[Bridget] “.... Although I was a so-called inmate in Bessborough at the time of his burial, I was not allowed to be at his burial. It breaks my heart not knowing if he was dressed in a gown, or even if he was laid in a coffin.

“To this day, 54 years later, (I am) still trying to come to terms with the horror of it all. ....
 

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We need to know what this New legislation is.
 

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We need to know what the New legislation is around Digging Up Tuam


I am calling on a person of conscience in the government to leak the new proposed draft legislation.



Activist solicitor Kevin Higgins has stated on broadsheet.ie that the government want *New* legislation in order to bypass the existing law in regard to coroners and inquests. Solicitor Kevin Higgins has stated the existing law is the only legal mechanism which can place on public record the cause of death of each of those children.


Kevin Higgins supports Tuam Home Survivors Network.


Broadsheet on the Telly: Episode 86


Scroll to: 40:57







Activist Solicitor Kevin Higgins:


Kevin talked about [Taoiseach] Leo Varadkar's admission to Trina Mulryan (survivor Peter Mulryan's daughter), Anna Corrigan (Tuam Babies Family Group) and Catherine Corless that it would require legislation. Kevin said: 'Since the only way legally that the Tuam mass grave can be exhumed and various investigations carried out is on foot of the jurisdiction of the relevant coroner." [44:33].


[Kevin Higgins] "What do you need legislation for? You need legislation ONLY to bypass the existing law. And the existing law with respect to coroners and inquests is the only legal mechanism which can place on the public record the causes of death of each of those children."
 

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'Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up'



By Shane Dunphy


Fifth Interim Report


This report, which has been widely described as “shocking”, found that almost 1,000 children who died in mother and baby homes had their bodies donated for medical research.

It also raised questions as to the veracity of the accounts provided by Catholic Congregations as to the whereabouts of the dead children, saying that affidavit provided by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was “speculative, inaccurate and misleading.”

But the report also highlights one big question: its main finding is (literally) that no one knows where the bodies are buried.


Collaborative Forum Report

But the Forum’s report, that remains languishing on the shelves of the Department of Children, may well contain information to the contrary – now it seems that we will never know. ….

….


The Kennedy Report

The first proper report into “childcare” institutions in Ireland was the Kennedy Report, which was an investigation into the running of Industrial Schools chaired Miss Justice Kennedy in 1970. ....

The Report failed to tackle any of the real problems of these deplorable establishments, most notably the levels of violence and physical abuse the children who were forced to endure daily.

The members of the investigating commission were fully aware of the abuse (discussions of it can be found in the minutes of their meetings) but not a single mention of these tortures ever made it into the final document.

:mad: *In other words, the unsavoury information, the material likely to cause trouble for those involved, was hidden away.* :mad:


^ ^ ^ Just like in these most recent reports. ^ ^ ^
 

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