Protest earlier to-day at the A&E Mater Hospital about the lack of basic services and conditions
Apparently these protesters have been protesting for the last 7 years.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin and TD Joe Costello were among the protesters.
a full statement by deputy joe costello in PDF here Mater Demo
Deputy Joe Costello
Speaking on the Adjournment Motion in Dáil Éireann Deputy Joe Costello said that the Department of Education and Science should open a Book of Condolences for the victims of child abuse.
Virtually all the children in the Reformatories, Industrial Schools and Marlborough House were of school going age. The Department of Education had a statutory responsibility to fund, inspect and supervise the welfare and the education of those children while they remained in these institutions up to the age of sixteen.
Quite clearly they were negligent and failed to do so as the needs of the institutions were put before the needs of the children.
Consequently the educational provision and the educational attainment of the children in the words of the Ryan Report were deplorable. Indeed, the Department of Education was for decades a major obstacle to children and their parents obtaining any redress or satisfaction when they made complaints in relation to the treatment experienced by the children in the institutions under the supervision of the Department of Education.
I believe that the Department of Education which has failed the children entrusted to their care should now as a State institution in its own right make a symbolic statement of apology and atonement by opening a Book of Condolences in its main office in Marlborough Street in Dublin 1.
Dear Mr. Costello,
As a survivor of the institutional abuse by the Christian Brothers in St Josephs school in Tralee and as the Last registered inmate to Artian Industrial school I call upon you to support me and all others who wish now to obtain the education that was deprived of us in our youth .
As a 53 year old now I have No hope of obtaining any employment without any formal educational qualifications.
It makes no sense for me to do a Fas Course and then end up back on the dole
Many others want to go back to full time education (as mature students) and I believe that the State should now support this without any means testing