Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Abuse victims to stage Dublin solidarity march

Irish Times
Abuse victims to stage Dublin solidarity march
Wed, Jun 10, 2009
Victims of child abuse in church-run institutions will today hand over a petition to the head of the Conference of Religious of Ireland.
After a silent march through Dublin children’s shoes will be left at the Dáil gates and white ribbons will be tied on the railings outside Leinster House as a mark of respect for those who suffered clerical abuse.
Christian Brother Kevin Mullan and at least one representative from other orders named in the damning Ryan report have accepted invitations to attend.
This morning Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said he would be unable to attend the march as he is currently debating the Ryan report at the Bishop’s Meeting in Maynooth. He will send a representative to the march instead.
The organisers of the march Christine Buckley, from the Aislinn Centre, John Kelly, Survivors of Child Abuse in Ireland, Noel Barry of Right of Place and former Fianna Fáil Mayor of Clonmel Michael O’Brien will lay wreaths, two black and two white, outside the Dáil.
The demonstration begins at the Garden of Remembrance at noon, travels down O’Connell Street and over to Kildare Street.
Organisers urged people to attend and said those who wish to show solidarity should wear a white ribbon and sign and post the Petition of Solidarity, available on the SOIAI website
This morning Ms Buckley called for a trust fund to be established to aid the victims of clerical child abuse.
Ms Buckley also called for every case awarded under the State redress scheme for former residents to be revisited.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland Ms Buckely said: “The whole idea of the redress board was another form of institutional abuse.”
“It’s silent, it’s behind closed doors and it’s punishment if you reveal your award.”
“The monies that people got there were utterly and truly appalling and it really is in line with what the religious thought of us.”
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