Sunday 24 September 2017

Mairtin MacCormac: In God's name, we suffered abuse in school

Ireland in the Forties was a cruel place but now austerity is making it worse for victims, writes

Mairtin MacCormac

I will not be too surprised if we end up with half this country suing the other half for physical and psychological damage in State-run or funded schools in the past.

I am not saying we have gone too far in compensating victims of abuse in industrial schools, orphanages or Magdalene Laundries. What I am saying is that we haven't gone half far enough.

I went to national and boarding schools in the Forties and Fifties so I know what I am talking about. I believe the majority of children going to those schools were abused in one way or another. I want to emphasise here that I never saw anyone suffer sexual abuse. What I am talking about is physical and psychological abuse.

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