Irish abused ‘cheated of justice’

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Irish abused ‘cheated of justice’

Victims spokesman John Kelly gives his reaction to the report

Victims of child abuse at Catholic institutions in the Irish Republic have expressed anger that a damning report will not bring about prosecutions.

The report, nine years in the making and covering a period of six decades, found thousands of boys and girls were terrorised by priests and nuns.

Government inspectors failed to stop beatings, rapes and humiliation.

John Walsh, of Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, said he felt “cheated and deceived” by the lack of prosecutions.

The findings will not be used for criminal prosecutions – in part because the Christian Brothers successfully sued the commission in 2004 to keep the identities of all of its members, dead or alive, unnamed in the report.

No real names, whether of victims or perpetrators, appear in the final document.

It documents a shameful catalogue of cruelty: neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, perpetrated against children
Cardinal Sean Brady
Leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland

Mr Walsh said: “I would have never opened my wounds if I’d known this was going to be the end result.

“It has devastated me and will devastate most victims because there are no criminal proceedings and no accountability whatsoever.”

Police were called to the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse’s news conference in Dublin amid angry scenes as victims were prevented from attending.

The victims were among 35,000 children who were placed in a network of reformatories, industrial schools and workhouses until the early 1990s.

More than 1,000 people had told the commission they suffered physical and sexual abuse.

‘Self-serving secrecy’

The five-volume study concluded that church officials encouraged ritual beatings and consistently shielded their orders’ paedophiles from arrest amid a “culture of self-serving secrecy”.

The commission found that sexual abuse was “endemic” in boys’ institutions, and church leaders knew what was going on.

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It also found physical and emotional abuse and neglect were rife in some institutions.

Schools were run “in a severe, regimented manner that imposed unreasonable and oppressive discipline on children and even on staff”.

It found the Department of Education had generally dismissed or ignored complaints of child sexual abuse and dealt inadequately with them.

As far back as the 1940s, school inspectors reported broken bones and malnourished children but no action was taken.

The report proposed 21 ways the Irish government could recognise past wrongs, including building a permanent memorial, providing counselling and education to victims, and improving current child protection services.

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, said he was “profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed that children suffered in such awful ways in these institutions”.

Kevin Flannigan from the group Survivors of Child Abuse, protests at not being allowed into the launch of the long awaited Child Abuse Commission report

Campaigners protested at being excluded from the news conference

“This report makes it clear that great wrong and hurt were caused to some of the most vulnerable children in our society,” he said.

“It documents a shameful catalogue of cruelty: neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, perpetrated against children.”

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, said those who perpetrated violence and abuse should be held to account, “no matter how long ago it happened”.

“Every time there is a single incident of abuse in the Catholic Church, it is a scandal. I would be very worried if it wasn’t a scandal… I hope these things don’t happen again, but I hope they’re never a matter of indifference,” he said.
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7 thoughts on “Irish abused ‘cheated of justice’

  1. Where is the big god when one needs him ? … fucking around I guess …
    Justice is blind, deaf & corrupted … What a beautiful Political World we live in !

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  2. Juliet K. you are right. If the lack of a god’s intervention to the stop those so called religiose abusing children is not proof that there is no god, I don’t know what is.

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  3. McBrolloks, thanks for these articles. These happenings are clear indications, as Juliet K indirectly said; There is no god.

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  4. Thank you, Savage ! I agree.
    These facts are just horrible and I am still amazed that such horror is still unspoken and hidden in our society >>> call it fear or lack of education.

    One question though, Who created Whom ????
    Did god created man or, at the contrary, did man created god ?
    I wish many more of us would ask that question !

    A good answer from a great composer >>> it goes >>> (summary)
    You, if you were god you would do this and that so many good things for the elderly, children, sick people, …
    But You are not god
    You are much better
    You are a man

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  5. Ah yes, Jacques Brel, one of the best composer song-writer ever!

    Juliet Kreek, man created all the gods through the ages. Why? Because he was (and still is) afraid of death. Instead of enjoying the short time you have on earth, they waste such a lot of time preparing for the next world (that is supposed to last forever). There are going to be a lot of very disappointed people around after they die; such a pity they will not be able to experience the disappointment.

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  6. Good Blog McBrollocks,
    We’re fighting the fight in the UK for adult victims of institutional abuse. Bill Maloney is proud to call himself a cockney-speaking Irishman. The Maloney family were sucked in, abused, and spat out by the British Establishment in the 50’s and 60’s.

    Maloney is now a maverick award winning film director.

    It’s tragic the way our ‘civilised’ societies treat children in care. We’re currently investigating the brutal restraining techniques used in UK Young Offenders Institutions and Childcare homes.

    Maloney and Pie ‘n’ Mash Films have been working on a documentary with 22 men who were all sexually abused by senior prison office ‘Neville Husband’ back in the 70s and who are now in the process of taking the Home Office to court. We also discovered that the youngest child in English custody Adam Rickwood (14) committed suicide at the same detention centre only four years ago. We have interviews with Adam’s family who do not believe he committed suicide and with four of the men who were abused back in the 70s at the same centre. Ligatures and torture techniques were used! Please take a few minute to watch the trailer for ‘Adam Rickwood & The Medomsley Heroes’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D34cshT2vto&feature=channel_page and leave your comments. (Warning: Videos contain strong language)

    Feel free to push our information out to any links/forums you think relevant.

    If we all pull together we CAN make a difference.

    These ARE the Medomsley Heroes: http://www.justice4survivors.org

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    • Thanks a lot. I will spread the word. It is time for some justice. The more people are aware of what these monsters do and have done, the better chance we have of putting a stop to it all. This shit must have been going on for thousands of years in the churches and their organizations. Bastards!!!!!

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