Commenting on the Mom and Child Properties Fee of Inquiry report, your columnist Fergus Finlay stated: “The Catholic Church dominated us — shaped our attitudes, instructed us what we had been allowed to assume.”
Not Derek Leinster within the Bethany House, despatched to a dysfunctional household that deserted him, it didn’t; not the kids farmed out as labour from the age of 5 by the Nursery Rescue Society, it didn’t; not the kids emotionally, sexually, and bodily abused in Smyly’s Properties, it didn’t; not the Westbank Orphanage youngsters remodeled into skilled orphans and paraded round church and Orange halls in Northern Eire, it didn’t.
The misogyny and abuse Finlay writes about weren’t the protect of the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants bought their justifiable share, too, in equal establishments, like those talked about above.
It was a degree sectarian taking part in area, with each Protestant and Catholic infants dying alone, separate and “undesirable”.
Dr Winslow Sterling Berry, the then authorities’s deputy chief medical advisor, visited Bethany House thrice in 1939.
State inspectors and the Rathdown Board of Guardians had blamed Bethany House for dying and neglect.
Sterling Berry, who was the son of the bishop of Killaloe, merely stated: “It’s effectively recognised that numerous illegitimate youngsters are delicate and marasmic from their delivery.”
Sterling Berry stated that the difficulty would resolve itself if Bethany House stopped admitting, and making an attempt to transform, Catholic moms. Bethany stopped and the dying fee shot up once more, however nobody paid any consideration.
Beneath the “degree taking part in area” had been the our bodies of kids, martyrs to misogyny and Christian (not merely Catholic) hypocrisy.
Finlay can bash the Catholic Church all he likes, however he ought to be ecumenical and intention some blows at Protestant church buildings as effectively.
College head, journalism and media
I’ve by no means earlier than written to any newspaper, however I’ve to congratulate a letter author on his journey to search out his delivery mom (‘I solely met my mom in 2017, but I used to be fortunate’, Irish Examiner letters, January 16.)
It was put collectively so effectively and provides us an concept of what individuals needed to undergo to get any info.
Let’s hope we’ve moved on from that period.
I want to deal with Dr Niall Muldoon’s article (‘Emergency framework wanted to forestall youngsters being let down like this once more’, Irish Examiner, January 21).
One reality underpins the scenario we discover ourselves in: As we’re within the midst of probably the most severe public-health emergency for generations, closing colleges has been a necessity. How can anybody advocate that that is something aside from a public-health matter?
To precise disappointment with colleges not reopening firstly of January is to be dismissive of kids’s and workers’s well being. In my county, Monaghan, our virus incidence fee per 100,000 has been between 2,000 and a pair of,725 this month. That’s statistically the worst area in statistically the worst-affected nation (one individual in 37 contaminated). The quickest method to return all youngsters to their colleges — and maintain them there — is to get a deal with on this out-of-control virus. It’s with despair that I learn the kids’s ombudsman sharing the rigid, myopic view of presidency that colleges ought to reopen earlier than neighborhood transmission is at a fee that doesn’t threaten to overwhelm our well being service.
The prioritisation of psychological well being over public well being, as regards colleges opening, is lamentable and proof of a failure to see the larger image: This can be a pandemic.
It’s unfair to insinuate that academics haven’t deliberate for contingencies: At our college, we’ve climbed mountains to change each our course content material and its supply. Failure to offer options to broadband connectivity points, to offer readability on exams, and to set sensible dates for them, rests squarely on the Authorities’s shoulders.
The nation’s youngsters have missed most of a yr’s education, since final March, due to the lockdowns instituted by the Authorities on the recommendation of Nphet.
The nation’s academics are doing superb work, importing and checking college students’ classes, and adapting to new methods of instructing and to new applied sciences, all of which will increase their workload.
Nonetheless, the outcomes of this huge experiment in home-schooling a nation will likely be various.
On the one hand, many households will take an lively curiosity of their youngsters’s schooling; can have the liberty, instructional background, competence, and assets to assist their youngsters to the fullest extent. Some youngsters will profit enormously from all this private consideration and household time.
Alternatively, you’ll have the alternative scenario: Households the place each mother and father are nonetheless obliged to work; mother and father who should not have the academic degree to grasp the lesson necessities or assist their youngsters, past, maybe, telling them to “do their classes”; households who should not have the web or technological assets.
Now, the nation’s insufficient broadband is extra uncovered than ever.
Networks that had been already gradual by worldwide requirements have floor to a halt in some locations, at sure instances of the day, because of everybody being instructed to do business from home.
After which there are the households the place the house surroundings is just not conducive to any form of examine, it doesn’t matter what laptops or technological assets the Authorities presents, the place the issues are of a special, dysfunctional order. For such youngsters, faculty represented a break from that surroundings, a respite.
One consequence will likely be a technology for whom the hole between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ — these geared up to get into college, get a job, and keep away from additional marginalisation — will likely be widened all of the extra.
The ‘credit score’ that the nation resides on is extra than simply financial.
Within the midst of this pandemic, why are we ready for EU approval for a vaccine? (‘AstraZeneca vaccine is not going to arrive in Eire till mid-February – Taoiseach’, Irish Examiner, January 20).
Eire wants to guard its personal residents and Article 168 of the Lisbon Treaty clearly states that “healthcare governance inside the European Union is predominantly a competence of the person member states”.
Why are we asking the EU to extend its energy over an space the place it has no remit?
We should always waste no time, train what stays of our sovereignty, and do what is correct for Irish individuals.
Dr Elizabeth Cullen
The substance of Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s assertion that Eire’s relationship with Britain will all the time be shut and particular (Martin: “‘Extraordinarily necessary’ to restore relationship between Eire and UK”, Irish Examiner, January 16) has been uncovered as flawed, not on account of Brexit, however due to Britain’s persistent refusal to co-operate with the Barron inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974, which left 34 individuals useless.
The British authorities has ignored two all-party resolutions handed unanimously by Dáil Éireann, in 2008 and 2011, which urged the British authorities to make related, undisclosed paperwork out there to an impartial, worldwide judicial determine.
It’s regrettable that this coverage stays unchanged.
It’s additional regrettable that successive Irish governments have displayed little political urge for food to pursue this matter with a lot conviction. Though the difficulty of Dublin and Monaghan has forged an extended, darkish shadow over our relationship with our nearest neighbour, the Authorities should proceed to demand the discharge of the information which have been withheld by the British. The likelihood that this demand could trigger diplomatic tensions between Dublin and London should not deter us from our pursuit of justice for the harmless victims.
A friendship can’t be primarily based on compromised justice.
Homeless individuals are being pressured to sleep tough in freezing circumstances as emergency beds lie empty. There have been greater than 50 homeless deaths on our streets in 2020, due to climate circumstances and other people being turned away from emergency hostels.
That is unacceptable of the Authorities.
Robert Watt is a extremely efficient civil servant.
But it surely appears to me that the Authorities is paying further for expertise within the absence of competitors. No enterprise would behave on this approach: Throwing cash round and probably creating an enormously costly new benchmark. That is unnecessary.
Right this moment, Munster play Leinster at Thomond Park in rugby.
This sport, aside from the worldwide sequence, in all probability attracts extra curiosity than every other rugby fixture.
Pity it’s out there dwell solely on one tv channel — which you should pay for.
Visiting a neighbour’s home isn’t an choice.