For a long time, the Church was blamed for the sufferings of children in Irish industrial schools. The Irish State wanted it this way. This is because the State was culpable. Its exercise of control, through the Department of Education, was negligent to a criminal degree. It has not been made answerable.
Online PR News – 13-August-2009 – – For a long time, the Church was blamed for the sufferings of children in Irish industrial schools. The Irish State wanted it this way. This is because the State was culpable. Its exercise of control, through the Department of Education, was negligent to a criminal degree. It has not been made answerable.
The State's industrial schools were a 'Gulag' or prison system for children. The regimes were universally harsh. Punishment was cruel and excessive. The children were deprived of proper food, medical, and psychological care. They 'lost' their education, working much of their time instead as slave labour. They were abused physically, mentally and sexually.
In 1999, Bertie Ahern apologised on behalf of the State and set in place a reconciliation procedure, its methods secretive and flawed. It did not reconcile. This was the final betrayal of thousands of former inmates whoe lives had been deeply affected, and in many cases ruined, by what had happened.
This is the story of how the 'Irish Gulag' came into existence, how it was exposed, how those who had suffered were paid off, in secret, and were yet denied proper public reconciliation. In a series of moves charted in this book, the State's main purpose is shown as self-protection, not recompense. Carried out in collaboration with the Church, this was at the heart of the betrayal of innocent children.
Includes analysis of the Ryan Report
Bruce Arnold has worked for more than 40 years as a politcal journalist. During the past ten years, he has covered the story of abuse in industrial schools. He is the author of 21 books.
"...the most important book to be published in Ireland in the past ten years - The Irish Independent"
...the most complete explanation of the system that has shamed us before the world and the society that allowed it all to happen. It should be required reading for all citizens.'
The Irish Independent
...a hideous public history written so honestly and courageously by one of Ireland's finest journalists...brings us forward to a truth that will set us free...the truth of Arnold's work will send you into shock and anger'
Mannix Flynn, The Irish Times
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