'Get tough' call for abusers
Published 09/01/2011 | 05:00
AN INDUSTRIAL school survivor has challenged the next government to sanction a mandatory 10-year prison term for all convicted paedophiles.
Tom Cronin, founder of Irish Survivors of Institutional Abuse International, issued the demand as a six- point programme was published aimed at protecting Irish children.
Mr Cronin spent time at two of Ireland's most notorious industrial schools, Greenmount and Upton in Cork, in the Fifties and Sixties.
It has emerged that children detained at Upton were often so hungry they would try and take pig rations.
"We need to learn the lessons of the past and ensure that future generations of children in Ireland are properly protected," Mr Cronin told the Sunday Independent.