Monthly Archives: April 2009

Turning a blind eye to institutional abuse

Tuesday April 14 2009 -Irish Independent

Institutional abuse and neglect is something we associate with the past, with that ‘Hidden Ireland’ in which a deeply conservative quasi-religious ethos held sway.

An Ireland where children were sent to frightening industrial schools for stealing apples and single mothers could find themselves detained in virtual concentration camps. A time when any of these detainees could be subjected to humiliating punishment or ill-treatment by the people supposedly looking after them or responsible for their care.
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