August Comments 2016

ANON Aug 23rd, 2016 @ 04:17 PM

1/2...Open the grave at Tuam, let's establish the truth once and for all…

A relative of a Tuam Mother and Baby Home resident is calling on the Irish government to facilitate a full exhumation of the alleged unmarked graveyard at the site.

William Dolan is believed to have died at the Tuam Home in County Galway in 1951 whilst still an infant, but no death certificate has ever been found for him.

Now a relative who prefers not to remain anonymous says she believes the boy was most likely illegally adopted to North America as an infant, but she wants the site examined to establish the truth.

Church records show that William’s older brother John died at the home in 1947.
Tuam made world headlines in 2014 when local historian Catherine Corless established that 796 children, most of them still infants, died at the home between 1925 and 1961.

Conducting her research, Corless was shocked to discover there were no official burial records for the children, nor had they been interred in any of the local cemeteries, which left her to conclude that many of the children had been buried in an unofficial graveyard on the Mother and Baby Home site.

Meanwhile William Dolan’s anonymous relative is calling on the Irish government to facilitate a full exhumation to determine exactly what happened there.

“When I was young I heard something about this but I was too young for it to register properly, but it did come back to me in recent years,” she told The Galway Independent.

Details of what might have happened to William began to emerge after she undertook some family.

“It has been very difficult to deal with,” she continued. “William is reported to have died, but there is no death certificate for him, there is no reason in any of the ledgers of the cause of his death. There is no medical certification of his death,” she added.

ANON Aug 23rd, 2016 @ 04:15 PM

2/2...Although a family member once told her that William was adopted to North America, she is calling for the site to be exhumed, which she says will also deliver justice to all the family members of those still believed to be buried there.

“What I am looking for now is to find out what happened to them. I want to have the Tuam grave site opened, “ she said. “This would, through DNA and forensics, facilitate the discovery of whether they are in there and if other people’s relatives are in there.

Justice will be served for everyone not just for those from the Tuam Home but every home in Ireland.”

The woman has reportedly contacted the Gardaí (Irish police) in relation to the matter and has also reportedly written to Frances Fitzgerald, the Irish Minister for Justice as well as the Taoiseach (Irish Prime minister) Enda Kenny.

But Gardaí have reportedly informed the woman they could not confirm whether William Dolan had died or where he is buried.

That so-called Catch 22 means it is not legally possible for them to pursue her application for an exhumation order for the Tuam grave site.

The woman said, “When you hear personal stories from people who have been through the homes, it is horrendous what these people have gone through.

I want to find out what happened to my relatives. No one wants to address the opening of the site. Who knows what secrets it holds?”

Meanwhile the official Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation carried out a comprehensive geophysical survey on the alleged grave site last October, but the results have not yet been published.

The Commission was recently granted an extension to complete its three reports into 18 Mother and Baby Homes across the Republic of Ireland, including the one in Tuam, County Galway.

All of the finished reports are expected to be completed by February 2018.

ANON Aug 22nd, 2016 @ 12:48 PM

1/3...Family calls for inquiry into death in HSE care…

Review panel report on boy aged 14 who died by suicide a ‘whitewash’, says family.

A Tusla spokeswoman said the organisation “wishes to express sincere sympathies to the families, and all those affected by the deaths of the young people mentioned in the NRP reviews”.

The family of a boy who died in the care of the Health Service Executive is calling for an independent commission of inquiry into such deaths, describing a review of their son’s case published last week as a “whitewash”.

They say the report from the independent National Review Panel (NRP) “exonerates” the HSE for multiple failings and breaches of international and children’s rights law.

They also question the NRP’s independence.

The NRP, which reviews the deaths of children in care or known to child protection services, last week reported on the deaths of 13 children and young people, including “Adam”.

Its reports are published by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

Adam, who had been in HSE care since he was 13, took his life at the age of 14.

He had been diagnosed with a learning disability and his parents found him difficult to deal with.

He was referred to the local social work department and to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

His behaviour became more risky and he was placed in a secure residential centre. There were problems arranging step-down care, which distressed him.

He left the step down placement and stayed intermittently with a woman the HSE had assessed.

He was drinking, smoking hash and self-harming, and spoke repeatedly of wanting to die.

ANON Aug 22nd, 2016 @ 12:45 PM

2/2...Alleged sex abuse...

During this time he was allegedly sexually abused by a woman more than 10 years his senior, and under HSE psychiatric care.

Though the HSE was informed, Adam’s mother was not told for five weeks. In addition his social worker spoke to Adam about it alone and without his parents’ knowledge.

It was agreed he should return to secure care.

Adam told his mother he would “hang” himself if he had to go back. She told the HSE this.

His social worker told Adam of the plan to return him to secure care over the phone, on a Friday.

He went missing over the weekend but returned home on the Monday night, then left abruptly. He was found hanged the next morning.

His parents are angry at the report’s assertion that “neither action nor inaction by the HSE services contributed to [Adam’s] death”.

“This couldn’t be further from the truth,” they say. “In fact it is contradicted in the report.”

ANON Aug 22nd, 2016 @ 12:43 PM

3/3...Complex needs...

The report says Adam’s needs were complex. His social worker was “newly qualified and inexperienced”; “there was no comprehensive assessment of the origin of Adam’s difficulties”;

“Adam was a child at risk of significant harm especially when he was in an unapproved placement”, and “the response to the allegations of child sexual abuse was not totally adequate”.

Adam’s parents say his rights, under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights, were repeatedly breached and this is not reflected in the report.

“The HSE were fully aware of his serious suicidal ideation and failed to protect him.

All we have ever wanted is accountability,” they said.“This report has all the hallmarks of a legal team making sure it exonerates the HSE. It is a whitewash and brings us no closer to accountability.”

The family believes a “holistic, independent investigation, either headed by a retired judge in a commission, or at the European courts” is the only way to get to the bottom of the matter.

A Túsla spokeswoman said the organisation “wishes to express sincere sympathies to the families, and all those affected by the deaths of the young people mentioned in the NRP reviews”.

“The NRP is functionally independent and produces reports that are independent of Tusla,” she added.

ANON Aug 22nd, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

A former Roman Catholic priest accused of historical sex offences has been returned to the UK from Kosovo after a five-year police hunt....

Lawrence Soper, 72, was officially arrested as he arrived at Luton Airport on Sunday on suspicion of nine charges of sexual offences allegedly committed over a period from 1972 to 1986.

Mr Soper had been detained in May under a European Arrest Warrant in Kosovo.

He is due to appear at Ealing Magistrates' Court later.

Mr Soper was arrested in 2010 and bailed, but failed to return to a London police station in March 2011.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for him in 2012.

He is accused of committing offences at St Benedict's School in Ealing, west London, where he taught in the 1970s and 1980s.

Four of the charges, including buggery, gross indecency and indecent assault, relate to a single alleged victim and date from 1972 to 1976.

The boy was aged under 14 when Mr Soper carried out an act of gross indecency against him, it is alleged.

Two charges of indecent assault relate to a second boy aged under 16 alleged to have occurred between 1979 and 1984.

Soper faces charges of indecent assault against two further boys under 16, alleged to have taken place between 1979 and 1984.

A fifth boy aged under 16 was assaulted on a day between 1982 and 1986, it is alleged.

After teaching at St Benedict's, Mr Soper became abbot of Ealing Abbey, which had founded the school and supplied monks to teach there.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police' s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command had appealed for help in tracing Mr Soper.

ANON Aug 22nd, 2016 @ 10:56 AM

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ANON Aug 20th, 2016 @ 10:57 AM

1/2Abuse case ‘most disturbing evidence I’ve seen in 20 years’

The alleged sexual abuse and brutal treatment of two children, both aged under 10, was “the most disturbing evidence I have read in 20 years on the bench,” High Court president, Mr Justice Peter Kelly stated.

He made the remarks yesterday during an application to have them made wards of court by a couple who had fostered them for four years and who want to stop them being reunited with their natural parents.

After a District Court hearing for a care order relating to the children collapsed after 29 days of evidence, the Child and Family Agency (CFA) has been promoting their reunification with their natural parents.

They have remained in the care of their foster parents with overnight access to the natural parents over the last two months and cannot be identified by order of the court.

Judge Kelly was told in the High Court that the CFA had carried out “an extraordinarily detailed risk assessment study” before supporting family reunification.

The children were to have been reunited with their natural parents next Tuesday.

He said that would not now take place as he was of the opinion the status quo should be maintained until another judge of the High Court had fully heard and decided on the wards of court application.

He adjourned the matter until September 8 and said it would be dealt with by the vacation duty judge of the day.

He did not believe it would be in any way detrimental to the children not to rejoin their natural parents before that date.

ANON Aug 20th, 2016 @ 10:55 AM

2/2...Judge Kelly said the children, on the evidence he had read, would be going back into a situation that would be detrimental to them.

He had concerns with regard to a suggestion that the natural parents have overnight access to the children.

The judge said the court had seen affidavits and reports alleging sexual abuse and cruelty of the children involving a family relative.

He was told that Mr Pol O’Murchu, solicitor for the foster parents, would be opposed to any overnight access by the natural parents to the children.

“The question of overnight access fills me with considerable concern and those concerns would want to be allayed very powerfully in order for overnight access to be allowed,” he said.

Judge Kelly said that in circumstances which he found to be very strange a District Court hearing that had lasted for 29 days had been told that the application regarding the children’s future had been withdrawn.

He said the District Court judge had not been given any opportunity to make an order regarding the welfare of the children.

The District Court had been denied an opportunity of making any appropriate orders

ANON Aug 20th, 2016 @ 10:51 AM

Magdalene Laundries archive to be searchable online…

Papers and pictures from Justice for Magdalenes group digitally filed by WIT.

An archive of papers and images donated by the Justice for Magdalenes research group is due to be made fully searchable online by Waterford Institute of Technology.

Researchers at the institute were awarded funding through the Heritage Council’s Heritage Management Grant Scheme 2016 to digitally conserve and manage the archive.

The project, which is being supervised by Dr Jennifer Yeager, Kieran Cronin and research assistant Sue Goona, will create an online search facility.

According to Dr Yeager, “analyses of the laundries are constrained by the lack of access to the records of the religious orders, resulting in an absence of intervention, as well as a failure to remember officially.

Official documentation is essential in order to encourage public engagement with Magdalene history.”

In 2012, the Justice for Magdalenes research group submitted a 145-page document entitled “State involvement with the Magdalene Laundries” to an interdepartmental committee.

ANON Aug 19th, 2016 @ 11:28 AM

Child rapist William Robb remanded in custody for sentencing…

A 64-year-old man has been remanded in custody after a Belfast Crown Court jury found him guilty of sexually and physically abusing three children.

William Robb, from London Road in east Belfast, will be sentenced next month over 60 offences committed more than three decades ago.

As the jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts, the two women sexually abused by Robb wept in the public gallery.

One of them said later: “After 30 years, I have finally got justice.”

As well as sexually abusing two girls one of whom was repeatedly raped he also physically assaulted a schoolboy on several occasions.

Robb had a previous conviction, which the court heard was for assault with intent to rape.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC remanded him in custody ahead of sentencing at Antrim Crown Court in September.

ANON Aug 17th, 2016 @ 02:15 PM

The National Review Panel (NRP) reviewed the deaths of children and young people known to the child protection service.

Of those who died, seven were found to have taken their own lives while one was found dead with a high level of toxicity in her bloodstream, indicating a drug overdose.

None of the reviews found a direct link between the deaths of these young people and the actions or inactions of services provided by Tusla.

However, chairperson Dr Helen Buckley did identify examples of "slow or blurred responses" in some cases and criticised the absence of co-ordination of his care by public agencies.

"It is inevitable that where child protection and health concerns co-exist, and particularly where children are terminally ill, the family will be in receipt of numerous services.

"In these circumstances pressure and distress experienced by families could be reduced if one discipline or team took the lead in coordinating services to reduce pressure on the family and avoid overwhelming them," the report said.

It concluded that Tusla needs to deepen its approach to risk assessments and follow-up of child sexual abuse allegations, and that more foster carers were required for young people with mental health problems and those coping with disabilities.

The NRP said that young people requiring care should not have to wait before being offered a placement with a foster family or in a secure unit.

Addressing the review, Tusla said it had now developed a national approach aimed at early intervention and that it was working on a child protection and welfare strategy to support families where children may have experienced harm.

The agency also said it was devising a national approach for services led by social services.

"On behalf of Tusla I wish to extend my sincere sympathies to all those affected by the deaths of the young people mentioned in these reviews.

Whilst the reports highlight that the deaths were not as a result of the quality of services received, Tusla continues to be committed to the constant improvement of the services we provide," said Cormac Quinlan, interim director of policy and strategy at Tusla.

"Keeping children safe requires the cooperation and collaboration of all services working with children and Tusla welcomes the recommendations that support the ongoing integration and cooperation of the respective services identified in the report."

ANON Aug 17th, 2016 @ 02:10 PM

1/2...Abuse and State failings revealed in reports on deaths of young …

CFA reports relate to seven deaths by suicide, one by drug overdose, five by natural causes

Short lives marred by abuse, trauma and neglect, alongside critical failings by State services there to protect them, are revealed in reports into the deaths of children and young people in care, or known to care services.

The 13 deaths, outlined in reports from the independent National Review Panel, occurred in the last two years.

The reports were commissioned by the Child and Family Agency (CFA), and relate to the deaths of seven children or young people who took their own lives, one who died of a drug overdose and five who died of natural causes.

Though they find none of the deaths occurred because of actions taken or not taken by the CFA, they find a critical lack of co-operation between services, over-stretched and under-resourced social work departments, under-resourced child and mental health services, lack of long-term planning and a lack of urgent intervention at critical points in some of the children’s lives.

The young people ranged in age from a few months old to 21 years of age at the time of their deaths. Individual reports are published about four children, including baby “Sarah”, who died at a few months old.

Though “no direct link” is found between her death of natural causes and interventions or lack thereof by social workers, there were “practice deficits” in the way reports on her family and particularly her mother’s vulnerability were handled.

Sarah’s family had been known to child protection services, and assessment before and after her birth “was superficial and lacked analysis, underestimating the impact of some significant factors”.

ANON Aug 17th, 2016 @ 02:07 PM

2/2...Among the “key learning” points from the case are that the impact on a parent of having grown up in care themselves, the impact of parental alcohol abuse and of domestic violence should be considered when assessing a child’s welfare.

An overview of five deaths, four of which were of children or young people who took their own lives and one who died of a drug overdose, found two had serious mental illness, one had misused drugs and alcohol, two had attempted self-harm and a fifth had special education needs.

Two had experienced bullying at school and two had witnessed domestic violence and drug abuse in the home.

“The quality of social work assessment varied form case to case and the impact that environmental factors had on the young people was not always fully explored.

This resulted in missed opportunities for timely intervention on occasion.”

In two cases suspicions of child sex abuse were reported, and although the social work departments responded, “the reviewers were not satisfied that their assessments were sufficiently thorough or comprehensive”.

Adult and child mental health services were “centrally involved with four of the young people”, with access to them varying between areas.

In one case, a young person described as “very unwell and agitated” and her carers spent three days in a hospital emergency department waiting for her to be admitted to a psychiatric bed.

Two were 18 when they died.

There was “less than adequate” care in the handover from State care to aftercare in one case, and there was a “shortage of appropriate accommodation for young people who are leaving care and have mental health difficulties” causing “a lot of stress”.

Dr Helen Buckley, chair of the national review panel, said: “While [CFA] has put many reforms in place, it still faces challenges in meeting the demands placed on it. Importantly, as these reports demonstrate, [CFA] cannot provide a comprehensive child protection and welfare service without the co-operation of other services and organisations, particularly those in the disability and mental health sectors.”

ANON Aug 16th, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

Bristol's Clifton College 'should have identified sex offender'…

A private school should have identified a teacher's inappropriate behaviour earlier, a report has found.

Jonathan Thomson-Glover was jailed for three years and nine months after admitting sex offences involving young boys at Bristol's Clifton College.

He was convicted of making, taking and possessing hundreds of indecent images of children and sexually abusing boys.

An independent report said signs of inappropriate behaviour should have been picked up earlier.

"Parent complaints"...

Thomson-Glover, 54, who taught German and was a housemaster, secretly filmed more than 120 boys - aged between 12 and 17 - over a 16-year period at the college.

The report found several incidents which could have indicated he was unsuitable to work with children were not investigated, and staff were not sufficiently aware of safeguarding issues.

When parents complained, letters and notes of meetings were not placed on his personnel file, a note of disciplinary action was lost, and each incident was considered in isolation rather than the bigger picture.

Thomson-Glover pleaded guilty to 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children.

Earlier this year he was also convicted of sexually abusing young boys at his holiday home in Cornwall, and was given an additional six month prison sentence.

The abuse took place at some point between 1987 and 1992, probably when the boys were 12-years-old.

The report into the school's handling of allegations against Thomson-Glover was commissioned by the school after some parents said they had raised concerns about him but little was done.

The college has apologised and said it has made changes to its staff training, complaints procedure and the way it logs and shares child protection information.
In a letter sent to parents it said "how deeply sorry" it was for the "exploitative and criminal behaviour" of its former teacher.

ANON Aug 11th, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

'Wicked' vicar groped girl while wife was pregnant…

A retired vicar who committed a "wicked" crime by indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl while his wife was pregnant has been convicted of indecent assault.

Grahame Humphries, 71, of Charlbury, Oxfordshire, was told he abused his position by kissing and touching the teenager 45 years ago.

Humphries was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

He most recently worked in Blockley in the Cotswolds, before retiring in 2012.

Sitting in Kingston Crown Court, Judge Paul Dodgson heard the girl's family had been looking after Humphries while his pregnant wife was away.

He admitted kissing the girl and touching her breasts over her clothes on a number of occasions between September 1971 and September 1972.

Another such incident saw him enter the girl's bedroom when she was home alone and insist she take her clothes off, prosecutor Max Hardy said.

'Very wicked':

The victim refused and later told her mother what had been happening, he added.
Judge Dodgson told the pensioner, who entered the dock with the aid of crutches, he had blighted his victim's life while working in another parish.

He said: "Forty-five years ago when you were a young curate aged 27 you did something very wicked.

You took advantage of your position of trust."

Mr Hardy said the case came to court after the victim decided to go to police following "extensive publicity" around the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Humphries, who has worked in parishes across England, was told to pay £500 costs and given a 24-month supervision order.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for the next five years

ANON Aug 11th, 2016 @ 11:58 AM

1/3...Some 4,000 Irish girls sent to Australia under orphan scheme…

Descendants of orphans transported to Australia want memorial in Carrick-on-Shannon

Bridget Cannon was just 15 when she was taken away from Carrick-on-Shannon workhouse in a horse and cart in February 1849.

Bridget’s great-great-granddaughter Neisha Wratten has travelled from her home in Australia to campaign for a memorial at the former workhouse to all who left there during the Famine under the “Earl Grey orphan scheme”.

Designed by the famous tea merchant’s son to correct the gender imbalance caused by the transportation of convicts, the scheme was the reason Bridget was driven away that day in William Sweeney’s cart on the first leg of a four-month journey.

She was one of 4,000 Irish teenage girls taken to Australia under the scheme.
Having researched Bridget’s life and the fate of other Earl Grey girls from Carrick, Wratten says one of the things that saddens her most was how little things have changed for immigrants to Australia in almost 170 years.

“I was distressed to learn that Bridget was detained in a penitentiary at Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney shortly after being indentured,” said the Adelaide-based gynaecologist.

She discovered that 250 Earl Grey girls were detained for “general misconduct” .

“They were kept apart from the other girls in case they contaminated them,” she said. “They had to eat, sleep and work in one room where they were forced to pick oakum.”

ANON Aug 11th, 2016 @ 11:54 AM


The Irish faced the same kind of prejudice in Australia then “as people from Middle Eastern countries are facing today”, she said. “Australia has learned nothing. It’s time we grew up as a nation”.

Wratten believes girls from Irish rural backgrounds were punished for being ill-suited to civilised society in Sydney where some were sent as serving girls.

“They probably knew how to milk a cow and to wrestle a sheep or dig up a patch of potatoes, but did not have any idea how to polish the cutlery”.

Three years ago during the Gathering, Wratten was one of 30 participants in the “Famine Attic Experience”, spending a night in the workhouse attic where the children were accommodated.

She believes many other Earl Grey descendants are keen to see the grey, stone-cut building that has barely altered since the Famine, and she believes restoration of the entire attic would be a fitting memorial to those who lived and died in the workhouse.

“When you go into that attic you grasp the scale of the tragedy. It’s like hearing about the second World War and then visiting a camp and it hits you.”

Wratten says now is a good time to plan a memorial at the former workhouse which currently houses St Patrick’s community hospital, as a new hospital building has been approved.


“The workhouse is intact, almost exactly as it was when Bridget was there,” she said.

“The platforms where the children slept on straw are still there in the attic.”

In Leitrim for two weeks, she is holding meetings with politicians, planners and other interested parties to discuss her proposal. John Bredin, chairman of the Heritage Group which has a long-term lease on part of the former workhouse, says he would welcome a memorial to the 65 teenage girls who left there during the Famine.

He expects more Earl Grey descendants to make a pilgrimage to the former workhouse and is planning another “Famine Attic Experience” for 2017.

ANON Aug 11th, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

3/3...The lucky ones

“We have a lot of information for them – the names of the girls, their parents’ names and the names of their townlands,” he said.

But Bredin says there may well be logistical and cost issues given there are central heating pipes running through the attic.

“We are very keen to meet Dr Wratten to discuss ways of commemorating these girls and we are very conscious that famine is still happening all over the world.”

Bridget and the other girls who left between 1848 and 1850 were provided with a travel box containing, among other things, six shifts, two pairs of shoes, two wrappers, a flannel petticoat, a bonnet, two linen collars, a pair of stays, a Bible and a prayer book.

As 12 inmates were dying every week in the workhouse, those who left may have been regarded as the lucky ones.

“But they did not all have happy endings,” Wratten said. After 30 years of abuse her own ancestor eventually took her husband John Smith to court.

“In one incident she lost some teeth and had her ribs broken,” said Wratten.

“But she finally said ‘enough’ when John threatened to put a pitchfork into her chest, and the court case made the state newspapers in Brisbane.

We still have an enormous problem in Australia with domestic violence, which is another reason her story is so pertinent.”

A video link between the museum at Hyde Park Barracks and a memorial in the former workhouse in Carrick is part of Wratten’s dream.

“It is hard to convey just how much the descendants and the Australian-Irish community – treasure these women.

They are incredibly special to us. They are our little Irish mothers,” she said.

Local Fine Gael councillor Finola Armstrong McGuire supports the idea of a memorial. “Neisha is a living witness. This is part of our history but she makes it real.”

ANON Aug 11th, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

1/2...Lesbian Nuns and gay Priests: From The Late Late Show to Maynooth…
Páraic Kerrigan, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, suggests the recent Maynooth 'scandal' implies that some have not kept pace with changing attitudes to sexuality in wider Irish society.

The recent Maynooth ‘scandals’, to use the convenient media shorthand, seems to suggest that despite the major progressions surrounding LGBT rights in Ireland some attitudes remain relatively unchanged.

In particular, this remains the case for the more conservative pockets of Irish society and especially the Catholic Church.

Ireland and the Church has been subject to many sex scandals since the early 1990s but it appears that when it comes to members of our clergy and our convents being gay, (or straight for that matter) well, then all hats, or soutanes, are off.

We only have to look to an episode of The Late Late Show from a little over thirty years ago to see the moral panic that can be generated on the acknowledgement that priests and nuns can have a sexuality too.

On the release of their book, Breaking Silence: Lesbian Nuns on Convent Sexuality, Rosemary Curb and Nancy Manahan appeared on The Late Late Show to promote its release in Ireland.

Both Manahan and Curb were ex-nuns and lesbians who had risen to notoriety following the book’s release in the US.

Controversially, the publication contained within it interviews with women who entered convent life, only to later discover that they were lesbians.

Prior to its launch in Ireland, Nell McCafferty correctly predicted the book was ‘enough to create furore and a minor furore there will no doubt be’.

Immediately upon its release, a text acknowledging that nuns also have sexual inhibitions, and gay ones at that, was considered so heinous that the Irish customs authorities seized 1,500 copies on its arrival to the island.

ANON Aug 11th, 2016 @ 11:43 AM

2/2...It wasn’t just the customs authorities that were so scandalised. Middle Ireland wanted to have their say too.

In fact, they were so infuriated by both Curb and Manahan, that they mobilised themselves into a picket and protested outside of the Buswells Hotel on Molesworth Street, where the pair had been staying.

When The Late Late Show announced in the RTÉ Guide that same week that the ex-nuns would be making an appearance on that Saturday’s edition of the show, the telephone switchboards at RTÉ lit up with protest calls.

On the night of the broadcast itself, the shocked and appalled members of conservative Catholic Ireland held a vigil outside of the Montrose studios, where they erected a statue of the Virgin Mary, while being led by a priest through decades of the rosary as he was amplified from an ice-cream van on site.

Despite the furore caused during the week, the interview with the nuns ended up being not all that scandalous.

Despite getting one of the highest audience figures for any Irish TV show during the 1980s, the interview was fairly tame by Late Late standards.

Even Sr. Maura, an Irish nun from the Daughters of Sion who was on the panel that night, made the rather progressive comment reminding the Irish audience that the clergy don’t ‘leave their sexuality at the door’ when they enter religious life.

Perhaps it was this attitude that may have benefitted Archbishop Martin in his recent press statements on ‘the strange goings-ons’ at Maynooth.

Despite major changes to public attitudes since 1985 in wider Irish society, however, homosexuality is still clearly viewed as a problem by the church.

Looking at Late Late incident and the Maynooth story in tandem highlights that the church’s attitude to homosexuality has not changed but at least Ireland’s Catholic elite have not yet descended on St. Patrick’s seminary at Maynooth with an ice cream van and a statue of the Blessed Virgin.

ANON Aug 10th, 2016 @ 04:36 PM

Timeline of abuse by Temple

Christ the King Church, formerly a monastery, in EnfieldImage copyright Google
Image caption

Christ the King Church, site of the monastery in Enfield

:: In the 1970s, Temple worked as a social worker at three south London children's home. He abused children in each of the homes but gained successive promotions

:: Eventually made a "housefather" of Rowan House in the Shirley Oaks complex near Croydon

:: Suspended in 1977 after allegations of sexual offending were made

:: Became a monk in the Roman Catholic Church in 1981

:: Ordained a priest in 1987 based at Christ the King Monastery

:: Faced trials in 1998 and 1999 after a teenage boy from the church accused him of sexual abuse.

:: First trial ended without a verdict and the second with an acquittal

:: Following the trial in 1999, the diocese wanted to have Temple removed. His order set up an internal commission of inquiry

:: In 2002 the diocese was reassured by the order Temple was not in the UK and would not be returning

:: In 2015 Temple was arrested and questioned in London after the Metropolitan Police launched a new investigation

:: At first he denied sexual abuse, but during further police interviews he admitted many of the offences and volunteered the names of more boys he had abused.

ANON Aug 10th, 2016 @ 04:23 PM

Ex-priest Philip Temple jailed for child sex abuse...

A former social worker and Catholic priest has been jailed for 12 years after admitting historical child sex abuse charges dating back to the 1970s.

Philip Temple, 66, admitted abusing 12 boys and one girl while working in south London care homes and a north London church.

He also admitted lying on oath in the 1990s when he was cleared of child sex abuse charges against a teenage boy.

Judge Christopher Hehir apologised to the victim at Woolwich Crown Court.

He said: "I am sorry justice was not done when you came to court in 1998 and 1999."

The victim, who cannot be named, told the court he self-harmed, became a recluse and even tried to kill himself after the previous trials.

'Never escape'

He said: "I can only imagine the damage he has caused to other victims. We can never escape what he did and we can never be free of it."

On Tuesday, Temple admitted seven charges committed in the 1970s.

He had already admitted 20 similar charges and two of perjury at Croydon Crown Court in April.

Philip Temple had 'sociopathic qualities' according to one of his victims

Temple abused boys and a girl while working as a social worker in Lambeth and Wandsworth councils between 1971 and 1977.

He became a priest in 1988 and served at Christ the King Monastery in Cockfosters, where he abused two children, including an altar boy.

He abused youngsters in children's homes in south London, including the Shirley
Oaks complex near Croydon, the court heard.

Raymond Stephenson of the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association said: "If Temple had been caught at Shirley Oaks he would not have been able to abuse anyone else."

A Lambeth Council spokesman said it was cooperating fully with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and added: "We hope the outcome provides some solace to the victims of these dreadful crimes."

ANON Aug 8th, 2016 @ 09:06 PM

1/1...Mystery around ‘death’ of boy in Tuam Mother and Baby Home…
Gardaí have been unable to confirm the death, or the burial location, of a boy who a religious order state died in Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

The matter was reported to Gardaí by a relative of John and William Dolan who were listed, in yearly returns to the Department of Health, as having died at the home in 1947 and 1951, respectively.

In the case of William, no death certificate can be located and his sister reported him as a missing person in 2013.

The relative, who does not wish to be named, returned to Gardaí in 2015 and brought to its attention a series of articles in the Irish Examiner in June of last year.

They revealed the HSE expressed concern in 2012 that up to 1,000 children may have been “trafficked” to the US from the Tuam Mother and Baby home in “a scandal that dwarfs other, more recent issues with the Church and State” following the discovery of “a large archive” of documentation relating to the institution.

The internal note is of a teleconference in October 2012 with the then assistant director of Children and Family Service, Phil Garland, and then head of the Medical Intelligence Unit, Davida De La Harpe, and ends with a recommendation that “this goes all the way up to the minister” so that “a fully fledged, fully resourced forensic investigation and State inquiry” could be launched.

“This may prove to be a scandal that dwarfs other, more recent issues with the Church and State, because of the very emotive sensitivities around adoption of babies, with or without the will of the mother,” states the note.

ANON Aug 8th, 2016 @ 09:03 PM

2/2...“A concern is that, if there is evidence of trafficking babies, that it must have been facilitated by doctors, social workers, etc, and a number of these health professionals may still be working in the system.”

A further HSE report prepared after an examination of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home records in Cork in 2012 expressed concerns that death records were falsified at the institution so children could “be brokered in clandestine adoption arrangements” at home and abroad.

After the articles were brought to the attention of Gardaí, they responded to the relative of the Dolans in November of last year stating they could not confirm whether William Dolan had died or where he is buried.

“Gardaí have confirmed that there is no death certificate in relation to William Joseph Dolan,” states the Garda response.

“However, enquiries made have not confirmed his death or the location of his burial.

At this juncture I do not believe it is legally possible to further an application for an exhumation order [for the Tuam baby plot].”

With regard to potential trafficking from Tuam Mother and Baby Home to the US, Gardaí stated they had met with Tusla on the matter.

“On 29 July, 2015, Gardaí from Tuam met with Tusla and conducted enquiries as regards the existence of this box of files. Gardaí are satisfied that the Dolan brothers are not mentioned in any such files,” said Gardaí.

The relative was also informed Gardaí in Tuam were “not investigating allegations of clandestine adoptions” and that “any query as regards this matter may be addressed to the HSE rather than An Garda Síochána”.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, the relative of the Dolan brothers stated that she believed that William Dolan did not die but had been adopted to the US

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ANON Aug 5th, 2016 @ 01:20 PM

1/2.. ‘Great deal more’ behind story of Maynooth seminary…

A prominent US canon lawyer has said he suspects “there is a great deal more” to the story of what is happening in the Maynooth seminary.

His intervention comes after it emerged earlier this week Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin will not be sending trainee priests to study at the national seminary this autumn.

He spoke of the “closed, strange world of seminaries” and “strange goings on” in Maynooth as well as allegations of a “homosexual culture”.

“Maynooth is 200 years old. It has a long tradition and a proud tradition but I feel that for the situation in Dublin we probably need a different way in the long term,” he said.

US canon lawyer Fr Tom Doyle, who has worked with survivors of clerical sex abuse for the past three decades, said Archbishop Martin had made an “excellent decision” in removing his priests from Maynooth.

“I have a lot of respect for his judgement and I presume the decision he made would not have been made without serious reflection on the ramifications as well as without having received some solid information and not just a lot of rumours and innuendos.

So I suspect there’s a great deal more to the whole story than what was revealed in the news reports,” he said.

ANON Aug 5th, 2016 @ 01:18 PM

2/2...Fr Doyle pointed to a “toxic subculture” in US seminaries and said that if a similar subculture existed in Maynooth, it needed to be addressed

“It was toxic in the sense that it involved a lot of backbiting and reputation destruction, that kind of thing.

If that’s what he discovered going on in Maynooth and those were the steps he took to protect his own seminarians and his own diocese, then I would respect him for that.

If a subculture like that is going on, it has to be addressed effectively and decisively,” he said.

Fr Doyle said one of the main problems with seminaries is that they are closed, insular places which generate their own sets of social values.

He also said many seminaries were producing “ultra-conservative” priests who are “totally out of touch with the real world”.

“There’s a whole crop of bishops that were produced by John Paul II and Benedict that were very doctrinaire, extremely conservative and controlling.

There was very little, if any, true pastoral understanding on the part of these men and they attracted these guys, these kids, young boys who wanted to play at being 1950s priests.

“They wanted to go