From the Letters page of The Irish Times 04 June 2010
Madam, – I welcome Vincent J Lavery’s letter (June 2nd).
As someone who was abused while detained in an industrial school, I am seriously concerned at the number of organisations purporting to represent “victims of abuse” that have emerged around the country.
These organisations appear to be unaccountable to anyone, least of all the people they claim to represent. Inquires made by survivors of abuse directly to the representatives of these groups more often than not go unanswered.
Those of us who were abused while in the care of religious orders and the State, have a right to know where and how money obtained from the exchequer on our behalf is being used. What seems to be a veil of secrecy regarding very substantial funding must be pulled down. – Yours, etc,
Author of The God Squad,